Oregon governor releases 10-point Economic Recovery Plan
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday, March 23, a 10-Point Economic Recovery Plan aimed to help families and businesses across the state struggling from the hardships born from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The framework for the initiative was developed with input from the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors and Racial Justice Council, with a specific focus on strategically supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, according to the governor's office.
Brown listed 10 principles for equitable and rapid economic recovery in the plan:
• Investing in Oregon's hardest hit workers — those currently unemployed or underemployed.
• Reinvesting in innovative housing.
• Supporting resilient rural communities.
• Supporting Oregon's workforce; those currently employed but struggling.
• Creating opportunities for Oregonians via workforce development.
• Getting small business back on its feet.
• Investing in Oregon's infrastructure.
• Oregonians investing in Oregon.
• Safely reopening Oregon's economy.
• Innovation in manufacturing.
"We have the opportunity now to lift up Oregon families and businesses, by immediately investing state and federal resources to help them recover from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," Brown said in a release Tuesday. "We must do so by creating a more just and equitable Oregon, helping the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and wildfires. By rooting our recovery efforts in equity, we can support economic growth for Oregon's Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American and Tribal communities."
"Without prioritizing equity we cannot have social and racial justice," said Jan Mason, co-chair of the Community Chamber Coalition of Oregon. "I support the Gov. Brown priority in grounding and leading with racial equity and justice. We simply cannot achieve economic justice and prosperity without these priorities."
Oregon will receive approximately $6.4 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, which will be split between state and local governments.
Additional details about the plan can be found here.
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