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Leaders react to economic report

Democrats, Republicans differ in assessments.


Statements by Oregon legislative leaders on the latest quarterly economic and revenue forecast released Wednesday:

Gov. John Kitzhaber:

"Along with recent jobs reports showing the strength of Oregon’s manufacturing sector, this forecast provides further evidence that our economy is moving in the right direction. Even as the recovery gains steam, we must continue our focus on family-wage jobs — the types of jobs that are supported through our work with Daimler, Nike, Intel, Boise Cascade and hundreds of businesses large and small throughout the state."

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland:

“Today’s forecast affirms that our economy continues to make solid progress, five years after the official end of the Great Recession. This good news is tempered with the understanding that Oregonians in every part of the state still struggle to make ends meet. The Legislature has its work cut out for it to extend this renewed prosperity to everyone.”

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem:

“Oregon’s economy continues to improve. Housing is strong. Employment is stronger. We can still get better. More of Oregon needs to share in the growth, but all of the indicators point to a good 2015.”

Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland:

“This morning in our revenue committees we heard clear evidence that Oregon’s economy is growing. This is good news for families and small businesses across Oregon, and another indication that we are building a strong economic base throughout the state that will provide greater opportunities for Oregonians.”

“While far too many Oregonians are still struggling to get back on their feet and find work, today’s good news means that last session’s historic investments in our schools, mental health, and senior services will be protected through the beginning of the next budget cycle. Looking ahead to the 2015 Session, Senate Democrats will continue to protect these investments, furthering our economic recovery, and prioritizing the needs of Oregonians that are still fighting to get by.”

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli of John Day and House Republican Leader Mike McLane of Powell Butte (joint statement):

“Today’s revenue forecast is a step in the right direction for Oregon's economic recovery, but it is by no means a full representation of Oregon's current economic state. After losing 3,000 jobs in June, the state added only 200 jobs back in July, leaving the unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, one of the higher rates in the nation. Many Oregonians across the state remain unemployed or underemployed and continue to struggle supporting their families and paying their bills.

“A truly healthy economy is one in which all Oregonians have access to stable, long-term employment. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many families in rural parts of Oregon, where entire industries and businesses have been shut down or have drastically reduced operations due to excessive government regulation. As we look toward the 2015 session, the Legislature needs to ensure that all Oregonians benefit from any proposed economic policies and legislation. This means providing tax relief for Oregon families and increasing opportunities for economic development in all regions of the state.”

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Adds comment from Gov. Kitzhaber.