SALEM, Ore--- The State of Oregon Office of the Governor says Oregon Governor Kate Brown is issuing vetoes of several line-item appropriations to preserve funding for Oregon's emergency wildfire response efforts. The vetoes are also aimed at maintaining a balanced budget.
In total, the Governor's Office says the vetoes will preserve over 65 million dollars. That will improve the state's ending balance budget 164.3 million dollars in general funds and 16.7 million dollars in lottery funds.
The Governor also requested that legislators reserve at least 150 million dollars in the state's emergency fund for upcoming requests related to Oregon fires.
"Until we understand the total impacts and costs, we must help Oregonians while being judicious with our funds," said Governor Brown. "In light of the current wildfires state of emergency, which occurred after the adjournment of the Second Special Session, I am exercising my veto authority to ensure that state agencies fighting wildfires have necessary resources for responding to this emergency."