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Press Release: February 18, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber Statement on meeting with President Obama

Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement after his discussion with President Obama today at Intel:

I appreciated the opportunity to speak with the President today, and enjoyed highlighting our efforts to get Oregonians back to work, and the role education and innovation can play in ensuring the long term economic growth of our state.

We also spoke about the important role the federal government can play in supporting job creation here in Oregon, including:

  • Federal support of the Columbia River Crossing. I told the President I am pleased to see this project in his budget, and I am working with Governor Gregoire to move forward this year. We look forward to a meeting with Transportation Secretary LaHood later this month in Washington, D.C.
  • Continuing federal payments to Oregon & California Lands (O&C) counties. I expressed my appreciation for the continued support of these county payments in the President’s budget, honoring our commitment to forest-dependent communities in the West.
  • Support for health reform waivers. Finally, I noted that there are strong signals of support from the federal government on our effort to design a more efficient, effective delivery model for health care in Oregon; and that such waivers will allow us to improve the health of Oregonians; improve the patient experience and reduce costs through integrated care.

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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