Government, politics, Salem

In final State of the State address, Brown touts victories, pushes spending plan

Gov. Kate Brown’s final State of the State address on Thursday served largely as a victory lap, while she challenged legislators to approve her plans to spend $700 million on job training, housing and child care.

As she did last year, Brown gave her 30-minute speech virtually from her office instead of standing before a joint session of the Legislature because of the risk of Covid transmission. A steady stream of critical comments, mostly about Covid restrictions, were posted as she appeared on Youtube.

“In my last year as governor, I view every day, every moment, as one more opportunity to focus on the big and bold work we still have to do,” Brown said.

For Brown, that work takes the form of her last big spending plans – a $200 million jobs package that legislators are skeptical of, $100 million for child care subsidies and $400 million to . . .

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