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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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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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