Select Page

Bend Bulletin Editorial: Gov. Kate Brown forgets rural Oregon

Bend Bulletin Editorial: Gov. Kate Brown forgets rural Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown promised Oregonians all sorts of things when she was sworn in following her first elected term in office in early January. That’s pretty common: No governor wants to stand up and announce that the status quo is fine.

Yet the speed with which Brown backed away from her promises to rural Oregonians is downright dizzying. A single action, which can, to some extent, be traced back to the governor herself, proves the depth of her commitment to rural Oregonians. Here’s Brown speaking at her inauguration Jan. 9:

“But for rural communities such as John Day or Powell Butte, as Republican leaders Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) and Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) know so well, there is a disturbing gap between the unemployment rate in urban Oregon and rural Oregon. For families living in Columbia, Coos, Crook or any of our rural counties, we must bust open the doors of opportunity so that individuals can find good paying jobs right where they live.”

Here’s the reality in Baker County three weeks later: A privately owned call center with 54 employees will not have its contract with the Oregon Health Authority renewed this year. Those men and women cost the state $50,900 each per year, not a lot by Portland or Salem standards, and well below the $73,500 the state currently spends on its own call-center employees…

Click here to read the complete editorial

 Subscribe to receive updates on local, regional and national news right in your email box

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Oregon Democrats Keep Harvey Weinstein Donation

Democrats about “campaign cash...no matter how dirty...and who gets hurt” Wilsonville, OR – In a statement, Oregon Republican Party Vice Chair Christine Barreto called out the Democratic Party of Oregon for keeping the $5,000 donation from Harvey Weinstein: “As a...

Save

Subscribe

Subscribe to receive updates in your email box

Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Videos

Loading...

Trending

Archive

%d bloggers like this: