Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement in response to the November revenue forecast:
"On the positive side, job growth is higher and unemployment is lower than the national average and Oregon's economy remains stable overall. However, our obligations to fund important services such as public education and health care still exceed available revenues, and, looking ahead, there will be some very tough budget choices to make.
"The 2017-19 budget I propose on Dec. 1 will reflect my top priority — investing in kids and lifting families out of poverty — but will necessarily include a level of program cuts I find unacceptable. I have begun discussions with legislative leadership about working together in the upcoming session to better align state resources with our aspirations for a stronger, better Oregon."