Brown’s budget calls for federal aid in aftermath of pandemic

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s budget proposal, released Tuesday, lays out plans to fund Covid relief for residents and business while addressing wildfire recovery and racial disparities but said federal aid is needed to rebuild from 2020’s crises.

The governor’s proposal calls for $100.2 billion in total spending with $25.6 billion in general fund and lottery spending and includes $293.8 million in increased revenue, according to an a news release outlining her goals.

“2020 has challenged Oregon in unimaginable ways. We have been tested to the core, and the most vital needs of Oregon families — health, safety, education, housing, and the ability to learn a living — have all been challenged in new ways,” Brown said in a news release. “Through it all, we are determined to rise, and rebuild.”

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