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Press Release: January 19, 2011

Statement of Governor Kitzhaber on the Governor's Recommended Budget

(Salem) – Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement on the Governor’s Recommended Budget:

Today I directed the Budget and Management Division of the Department of Administrative Services to prepare my recommended budget for transmittal to the Legislature on February 1, 2011.  The division will begin reconciling numbers, drafting the budget narrative and preparing budget documents for printing.

On February 1, I will deliver a balanced budget based on existing revenue sources.  My budget priorities mark the first step in shifting state investment from addressing problems after they have developed to preventing them in the first place. 

While it would be premature for me to discuss specific budget amounts before the numbers are reconciled, I want to reiterate the principles that have guided me in drafting my budget.

1. Achieving Our Vision for Oregon.  The focus of how we invest our limited resources in the next two years must be on building the foundation for a better future rather than on simply perpetuating the past. 

2. Managing within Available Resources.  I have reviewed each agency and program and established a funding floor set at the level of General Fund and Lottery Fund resources the state currently has to spend assuming no additional federal funds will be made available.  I then allocated the resources from the expected revenue growth over the next biennium to help transform service delivery rather than simply accepting the spending practices of the past.

3. Changing the Way Public Services are Delivered.  It is clear that in order to maintain important public services over the next two years – especially education and health care – we must change the way those services are delivered.

4. Prioritizing Early Childhood Services.  To secure Oregon’s future we must recognize that the foundation of academic, social and economic success lies in the early childhood years.  Therefore, the single most important action we can take to shift our pattern of investment from addressing problems after they have developed to preventing them in the first place is a sustained investment in early childhood. 

I will spend the next two weeks working on my budget priorities with legislative leaders and look forward to discussing the budget in more detail on February 1st.

Contact:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503- 689-5324

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