Statement Issued: 2017-19 Budget will be Balanced by Patchwork, with Structural Revenue Reforms Needed for Future Biennia

Governor Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney, and Speaker Tina Kotek released the following statement on June 22nd:

“For the past several months, the Legislature has worked hard to balance the state’s budget. There is now a clear path to rein in costs and protect vital services in this biennium. To protect access to health care and keep premiums lower, the Legislature has passed a package of bills that will save coverage for a million low-income Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan. To reduce the cost of delivering state services, we have offered a plan to save nearly $1 billion in total funds through the Governor’s executive actions and the bipartisan cost-containment strategies in Senate Bill 1067.

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