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John Kitzhaber Unveils Two-Year, $18.7 Billion Budget, Proposing Big Spending on Education, New Programs

Gov. John Kitzhaber rolled out an $18.7 billion budget for the 2015-17 biennium on Monday morning, emphasizing goals he cited throughout his campaign to put more money toward helping Oregon families find jobs, training and a better education and in turn, improving the state’s economy – particularly those counties that struggled after the recession.

The general fund/lottery budget – $9.4 billion, or 50 percent of which goes to education – represents a nearly 11 percent increase from the 2013-15 budget.