Oregon lawmakers say they met Portland school demands for money as teachers strike

BY: - November 6, 2023

State Democratic leaders say they’ve given educators, including Portland Public Schools, the money they asked for and that it will be up to the administration and unions to figure out how to use the money to meet demands of striking Portland teachers. At a news conference on the fourth day of the Portland Public Schools’ […]

Oregon governor plans to ask Legislature for money to revitalize Portland

BY: - October 30, 2023

This article was originally published by the Oregon Capital Chronicle. PORTLAND – With about six weeks until Gov. Tina Kotek’s secretive task force presents its plan to revitalize Portland at an annual gathering of business leaders, Kotek said Monday she expects to ask the Legislature to open the state’s pocketbooks to help the city. Kotek’s […]

Building more homes is Oregon governor’s top priority for 2024 legislative session

BY: - October 3, 2023

This article was first published by the Oregon Capital Chronicle. After spending hundreds of millions in the past year to get people off the streets and into shelters, Gov. Tina Kotek and the Oregon Legislature say they’re focused on addressing the state’s underlying housing crisis. Kotek and the co-chairs of her Housing Production Advisory Council […]

Oregon governor directs state police to crack down on fentanyl, shares few details

BY: - September 27, 2023

Oregon State Police will do more to crack down on fentanyl dealers under new direction from Gov. Tina Kotek, she announced Tuesday. Kotek shared the orders Tuesday at a second private meeting of her Portland Central City Task Force, a group that began meeting behind closed doors last month to come up with a plan […]

Drug decriminalization stumbled in Oregon. Other states are taking note.

BY: - September 14, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. — Just before Portland’s city council approved a ban on public drug use last week, Mayor Ted Wheeler described what he’d observed on his way to work that afternoon: “The last time I saw somebody consuming what I believe to be fentanyl publicly on our streets was less than five minutes ago, three […]

Oregon Gov. Kotek begins closed-door meetings meant to come up with a plan to save Portland

BY: - August 23, 2023

PORTLAND – In a closed-door meeting with more than 40 business leaders, community advocates and local, state and federal elected officials on Tuesday, Gov. Tina Kotek laid out a challenge: Within the next three months, the group will come up with a plan to save downtown Portland. Portland’s problems, particularly since the COVID pandemic began, […]