Kitzhaber Discusses Medicaid Policy

SALEM, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber will pitch his ideas for Medicaid overhaul to other governors this weekend. Kitzhaber says he wants to make a push to change the way doctors are paid and patients are treated. The president highlighted the concept during his State of the Union Address as a potential option to reduce … Continue reading »

Oracle Adding Jobs to Oregon

HILLSBORO, Ore. — A company has decided to move hundreds of jobs from Mexico to Oregon. Governor Kitzhaber and the technology company Oracle made the announcement Tuesday. 130 new positions will be added and 300 more jobs will stay in Oregon instead of going overseas. The company is getting close to $1.4 million from several … Continue reading »

Local Photos To Hang In Governor Office

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Rogue Valley photographer will have several pieces of his work displayed in the Governor’s office this spring. David Lorenz Winston will have as many as a dozen photographs displayed in Governor Kitzhaber’s office from February 22nd to May 8th. Winston was nominated by a gallery in Ashland then contacted by the … Continue reading »

Oregon Governor On Gun Policy

SALEM, Ore. — In response to the mass shootings and debates about gun control, sources close to the Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber are saying, he is working towards changing gun policy in Oregon. A spokesman for the governor, says the Governor, “sees no reason for civilians to have assault weapons.” Governor Kitzhaber is also asking … Continue reading »

Governor Acknowledges “Awkward” Session

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is calling Friday’s special legislature session to approve a tax incentive for Nike “extraordinarily awkward,” but says the potential economic benefits are worth it. The Governor called the session earlier this week to announce that Nike plans to expand its business in Oregon and hire at least 500 people, if … Continue reading »

Governor Calls For Special Session

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber is calling for a special legislative session to help keep Nike in Oregon. It’s aimed at creating a tax plan to allow the company to expand in Oregon, but it could also apply to other large companies as well. The plan by Governor Kitzhaber asks that large companies pledge to … Continue reading »

Early Childhood Education Grant

SALEM, ORe. — Oregon is getting $20 million from the Obama administration to improve early-childhood education. Governor Kitzhaber’s office announced the grant on Thursday, which will be used to improve training for pre-school teachers and to make sure program used to prepare children for kindergarten are effective. Oregon is one of five states getting the … Continue reading »

Governor Rolls Out Budget Proposition

SALEM, Ore. – Oregonians now have an idea on how money might be spent in Oregon in the next couple years. Governor John Kitzhaber rolled out his budget during a press conference in Salem last week. The new budget proposes $8 billion for education in the 2013 to 2015 budget biennium. This includes reinvestment in … Continue reading »

Governor Works On Timber Payments Plan

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The financial problems in rural Oregon counties are now getting attention from the federal and state level, and county leaders say a solution needs to be found quickly. From county commissioners, to the Governor, to members of Congress, a number of groups are focused on one thing: helping Oregon counties that … Continue reading »

Governor Appeals Death Penalty Ruling

SALEM, Ore. — The controversy over the death penalty in Oregon, could be on the way to the State Supreme Court. Governor John Kitzhaber is appealing a judge’s ruling in connection to the Gary Haugen case. Last month, a judge ruled the governor has no authority to issue a reprieve from the death penalty. The … Continue reading »

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