Governor John Kitzhaber

Oregon Budget
12:07 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Kitzhaber Unveils $18.6 Billion Spending Plan

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber unveiled his 2015-2017 spending plan during a press conference at the state capitol in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has unveiled an $18.6 billion spending plan for the next two years. The Democrat outlined his proposal at the state capitol Monday. Roughly half of the money is marked for education. Kitzhaber says his budget also includes tax relief for low-income workers.

John Kitzhaber: "To ensure that hard work is actually rewarded with a better life…to ensure that when you get more wages, when your income goes up, you actually have more money, not less money in your pocket."

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November 2014 Election
7:16 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Again Clash Over Role Of First Lady

Credit Stephanie Yao Long / The Oregonian

The behavior of Oregon's First Lady provoked the sharpest exchanges during a gubernatorial debate in Portland Tuesday night on KGW television. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber declared that he would freeze out his fiancé from any policy-making roles in the near-term.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Conservation Groups Urge Governor To Reject Black Bear Hunting Expansion

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Conservation groups are urging Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reject part of a proposal to expand black bear hunting tags in Southwest Oregon.

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Oregon
2:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Purchasing Guidelines Designed To Make Oregon Agencies Greener

Credit greencleaningproducts.com

New guidelines in Oregon are designed to direct state agencies to purchase fewer toxic products. Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan approved the new guidelines Wednesday. Some examples are; using owls to control rats instead of poison, or buying less toxic cleaning products. The changes were prompted by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2012 as part of an effort to increase the number of people and plant friendly products state agencies use. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Mathew Shelby says what makes Oregon unique is its size.

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Politics & Government
12:01 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Oregon Governor's Race: The First Debate

GOP challenger Dennis Richardson (left) and incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber debated in Salem Friday.
Credit Michael Clapp/OPB.

The first gubernatorial debate of the 2014 general election between incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican State Representative Dennis Richardson took place July 18, 2014 at the Salem Convention Center. It was sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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Economy
1:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Kitzhaber Signs Commitment To Support RAIN Business Development

Governor John Kitzhaber pledges support to the RAIN project at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce. Mayors Kitty Piercy (Eugene) and Julie Manning (Corvallis) are at right.
Credit Karen Richards

Governor John Kitzhaber was in Eugene today (Wednesday) to sign a “Declaration of Cooperation” for the new regional business accelerator. The document pledges the state's commitment to the project.

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, is a partnership between local universities, communities and businesses. The acronym is appropriate for the area, and for the growth of new ventures. Governor Kitzhaber remarked that Oregonians embrace rain:

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Early Education
1:16 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Governor Tours Eugene Preschool

Governor Kitzhaber helps children in the garden at Friendship Preschool in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber visited a preschool in Eugene Thursday. The home-based center is part of a pilot program offering support for early childhood education.

At the Friendship Preschool, each child has their own garden plot. The governor helped plant vegetables while touring the home-based facility.

Kitzhaber wants the state to invest in programs like this one.

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Politics & Government
6:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Oregon's 2014 Legislative Session Winding Down

Oregon's 2014 legislative session, which started 5 weeks ago, is almost over. Lawmakers are wrapping up loose ends in order to finish by Sunday, or sooner. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with Salem Correspondent about last-minute political deals and the upcoming filing deadline for the May primary.

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Columbia River Crossing
7:22 am
Tue January 28, 2014

The Hour Of Decision Is Near For The Columbia River Crossing

Interstate 5 spans the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.
Credit Colin Fogarty

Time is running short for Oregon lawmakers to take the lead in building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River. That's according to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. This week the Democrat issued an ultimatum to lawmakers to act before the end of the 2014 session in March. Otherwise he'll shut the project down. The warning is just the latest twist in the decade-long effort to break ground on the mega-project.

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Zero-Emission Vehicles
4:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Oregon Governor Joins Initiative To Put More Zero-Emission Vehicles On The Road

A Nissan Leaf charging.
Credit Photo courtesy of electriccarsport.com

This (last) week, governors from eight states including Oregon’s John Kitzhaber joined an initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

The governors met in Sacramento, to sign a joint memorandum to purchase more electronic vehicles, or E-V’s, increase infrastructure, and offer financial incentives. U.S. electric car sales more than tripled in 2012. Oregon’s Chief E-V Officer, Ashley Horvat says the state has more fast chargers than any other who has them, and that’s helping E-V sales.

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