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Brown Highlights Health Care, Housing In Inaugural Address

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown expressed hope and urgency in outlining her agenda before lawmakers during her State of the State address in the House of Representatives at the Capitol on Monday after being sworn in for her second and last term as governor.

Mental Health Primed To Get Top Billing In Oregon Legislature

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With the state’s legislative session fast-approaching, mental health has moved into the crosshairs for Oregon lawmakers, with a number of proposals on the horizon that seek to transform the future of behavioral care in the state.

Legislative Task Force Proposes Steps Towards Universal Health Care Coverage

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The group, which has been meeting since January, acknowledged that Oregon is not likely to adopt universal care anytime soon but it pointed towards that goal by offering initial steps.

Creating a “universal” state-run health care insurance system in Oregon is a monumental task and it’s unclear whether a majority of Oregonians even favor such a radical change, but a legislative work group this week offered some baby steps for the 2019 Legislature to consider.

Game Not Over For Higher Taxes For Beer, Wine In Oregon

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The Oregon Health Authority asked Gov. Kate Brown to hike taxes on beer and wine but she balked, saying it would be too hard a lift. But the issue is likely to come up again in the legislative session next year.

In their recent budget pitch, experts at the Oregon Health Authority were clear in declaring “excessive alcohol use” a scourge that fuels domestic violence and leads to birth defects, car wrecks, liver disease and cancer, killing some 2,000 people a year in Oregon.  

Proposed Liquor Tax Tucked Away In Gov. Kate Brown's Budget

Brown did not ask for a tax on beer or wine in her budget but it does seek a 5 percent increase in the liquor markup -- now at 104 percent -- and a plan to double alcohol licensing fees.

As she finalized her budget proposal for the next two years, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown made no secret of the fact she’d push for higher tobacco taxes, which she believes should play a larger role in funding health care.

Gov. Brown Budget Proposal Targets Health, Housing

The governor's budget includes $722 million in revenues -- including raising the tobacco tax and increasing taxes on hospitals and insurers -- to plug the $830 million funding gap in Medicaid and ensure health care has stable funding over the next six years.

Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a $23.6 billion budget proposal Wednesday that plugs holes in state health funding, seeks to gain ground in an ongoing housing crisis, expands access to voting and sets aside millions for challenging the policies of President Donald Trump.

Oregon Lawmakers Tackle Plan For Statewide Health Care

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The task is ambitious and a work is in progress, with a report due at the end of November.

The Oregon Legislature launched a panel 10 months ago to develop a roadmap for affordable statewide universal health care. The task was ambitious. Similar efforts in other states have gotten nowhere, and there is scant support at the federal level for expanding Medicaid.

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