"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Gov.

John Kitzhaber Tuesday released his 2011-2013 budget, recommending

shifts in service delivery and funding priorities to balance a

$14.76 billion General Fund and Lottery Fund budget severely

impacted by the recession and the loss of one-time federal

revenues. 

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include funding proven job creation programs, consolidating

disparate early childhood programs and restructuring health care

delivery to lower costs and improve the quality of care. 

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“We have

an opportunity – this year – to set Oregon on a course to a bright

future,” said Kitzhaber. “The budget shortfall represents an

opportunity to change and improve the way the state does business.

My budget includes ideas that have been advocated by Democrats and

ideas that have been advocated by Republicans. Oregon's success

depends on a willingness to develop new partnerships and

coalitions, and move beyond the partisan divisions of the

past.” 

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">On key

priorities – education, health care, public safety and other

services – the Governor’s budget marks the first step toward wat

aides say is shifting state spending from addressing problems after

they’ve developed to preventing them in the first place.   

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Specifically, the budget: 

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Unifies disparate programs, streamlines administrative costs and

measures outcomes within an Early Learning Council to ensure that

every child enters school ready and able to learn, enters first

grade ready to read and leave first grade reading;

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Establishes a stable funding floor for Oregon's K-12 public school

system, increasing state funding for the 2011-12 school year and

identifying cost savings and efficiencies to guard against cuts in

the classroom; and

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Restructures health care delivery to reduce cost and improve care

through integration of services; incentives for prevention and

moving to community-based management of chronic conditions.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">“We must

confront hard budget and spending choices. This budget marks the

first step to long-term fiscal stability and health for Oregon,’

said Kitzhaber.

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"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">For

budget materials, visit:

"http://governor.oregon.gov/budget">http://governor.oregon.gov/budget

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