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Getting Oregonians Back To Work

by Laural Porter

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski announced Friday a plan to put 12,000 Oregonians to work this summer.
They're temporary jobs that pay up to ten dollars an hour.

He says his "Emergency Jobs Plan" is what the state needs to give it a boost as the recession deepens.

Republicans aren't so sure. They criticize the Governor for taking the 90 million dollars out of the unemloyment insurance fund.

The Governor sits down with me for his first sit-down interview since unveiling his jobs plan.
He tells me why he thinks it will work. He also explains why he can't guarantee that public schools will get all the funding they need for a full school year.

In addition, he talks about taxes. Should the legislature raise taxes on higher income earners?
And what about an increase in the corporate minimum tax, a gas tax, a health care provider tax, and cigarette tax?

Governor Kulongoski also talks about a new cabinet he wants to establish this summer to address all the reasons Oregon is in such an economic hole.

The Governor blames,in part, all the voter passed initiatives; such as property tax measures 5 and 50, and mandatory minimum prison sentence measures 11 and 57 that he says handcuffs the state.

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