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The Oregon Legislature wraps up the 2011 session by coming to terms on the state budget, among other issues. Lawmakers approved funding for state prisons and bonding authority for construction projects and signed off on a number of education bills; including a measure placing all public education under a single "Investment Board," whose members are appointed by the Governor. Lawmakers also cleared changes to the State's Congressional District boundaries. The session, which lasted 153 days, was the shortest in 15 years.

 
And now, a word from our Governor
 

Governor Kitzhaber praised lawmakers for their work in this session. He says Oregon set an example for other states in how to act when facing huge financial challenges: "Oregon and many states have huge budget deficits. Oregon's per capita debt is larger than California’s and larger than Washington’s.” So even with a per-person debt larger than our neighboring states, Kitzhaber says lawmakers managed thru the budget crisis and worked together to maintain a sense of community and respect, even while disagreeing on issues.

 

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.