tedk.jpg


Kulongoski looks a little like Donald Rumsfeld, but seems a lot nicer.



So it can be done. Facing a recession and a budget shortfall, just


"/>

Oregon Governor Asks For Tax Increases And Health Care Expansions, And Sky Doesn't Fall

tedk.jpg


Kulongoski looks a little like Donald Rumsfeld, but seems a lot nicer.



So it can be done. Facing a recession and a budget shortfall, just like his neighbor to the North, Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski opened the legislative session by asking for $2 billion in revenue increases to fund expansions in health care, job training and college education grants, green energy programs, and transportation projects.

Strangely, he also balances this by cutting in-home care and state aid for nursing home care to about 10,000 elderly Oregonians--a curious move, as it can't save that much money, is politically treacherous, and contradicts his look-after-all rationale for the other social safety net expansions. But it must be nice to have a governor who offers those hit by the recession something more than just middle fingers and bread crumbs.

Finally, on an unrelated note from the same article, Oregon has some serious school spirit:

The togetherness was on display when the entire group, Democrats,

Republicans, judges, aides, husbands, wives and children joined in a

robust singing of "Oregon, My Oregon," the official state song.

Taking it all in was Alex Aronson, who had made himself up to look

like the Golden Pioneer, the man-with-an-ax statue that stands atop the

state Capitol dome.

 
comments powered by Disqus