BEND, OR -- Ten state lawmakers from both Republican and Democrat parties have been meeting since last month, trying to come up with a transportation package that lawmakers can pass. Republicans threatened to not participate in transportation funding discussions after Democrats pushed through the Low Carbon Fuels Standard Bill.
KBND News spoke with Governor Kate Brown when she was in Bend on Friday. She says she's optimistic that a concensus can be reached.
"Let's say my door is open to conversation," Brown says. "I'm optimistic we can work together to agree on something to support Oregon businesses. This is not a Republican or a Democrat issue. I think we will come together and put something on the table."
She says she's encouraged by the progress made by both sides so far. "I think there will be more important bills coming my way," Brown says. "For the most part, I think lawmakers are working together for Oregon to do what's right on revenue measures, transportation and having adequate resources for sage grouse. So I'm pleased the work the legislature is doing."
Gov. Brown also believes lawmakers could come up with future legislation concerning vaccinations and possible gun control.