John Kitzhaber on Jobs
Focus budget on investing in jobs and innovation
Far too many Oregonians continue to struggle with unemployment, debt and the rising cost of health care.That sense of urgency is at the core of the budget I sent you last month--a budget that reflects the priorities that have guided us over the past two
years: putting children, families and education first; investing in jobs and innovation; and reducing the cost of government. It is also a budget built on the assumption that even with constrained resources, we cannot wait to begin reinvesting in
children, in families and in education.
More than 60% of the jobs in the next decade will require at least a technical certificate or associates degree--yet only 67% of our students are graduating from high school, taking them off the path to economic
security. If, as I believe, it is the promise of equal opportunity that lies at the heart of the American Dream--the promise of upward mobility--then public education is the vehicle through which the American Dream is most directly fulfilled today.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Ore. Legislature
, Jan 14, 2013
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship.
Kitzhaber signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 08: Farm Bill Reauthorization 01-WGA08 on Aug 14, 2001
- The WGA would like to join the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in proposing a new concept, one that NASDA has dubbed “A New Vision for Agricultural Stewardship.” The NASDA concept calls for the creation of a state block grant program, designed to allow states the flexibility to target resources to their specific conservation and environmental needs. Under the plan, the state departments of agriculture, in conjunction with state and local agriculture and conservation partners, develop priorities to be addressed under their block grant umbrella.
- The NASDA block grant proposal promotes broad flexibility in this development, noting that the block grant can be used to address threats to soil, air, water and wildlife; or be used to meet state or federal environmental regulations; or make “beneficial cost-effective changes to cropping systems, grazing management, manure, nutrient, pest, or irrigation management, land uses,
or other measures needed to conserve and improve soil, water, and related natural resources.” The intent is to not duplicate existing programs, but to give states the ability to address areas of specific need. The funding could even be designated for use in existing state conservation or environmental programs, should a state find that’s where the most need rests.
- Under the Agricultural Stewardship Program, the states would enter into cooperative agreements with USDA on an annual basis and issue annual reports to USDA regarding the progress to date and future intentions.
- While Western Governors feel the program outlined above is extremely important, it must be defined broadly so that Governors may designate a lead state agency, and it must be weighed in conjunction with the need for improvements and adjustments to existing conservation and environmental programs.
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