Oregon AFSCME Statement on Governor Kotek's Budget Proposal

"Governor Kotek's budget plan is a step in the right direction and begins to address the significant staffing shortages in the State. It invests in Oregon workers and makes recruitment and retention in some of our most struggling agencies a priority. Investments in those agencies hardest hit by staffing are important, and we must also continue to prioritize funding for behavioral health and housing, but we need to make sure we do more.

We can't let up and we have to make sure the voices of those doing the work are heard. These issues are on the forefront of the Governor's mind BECAUSE of the work we've done together to educate elected officials and make our voices heard. We have to continue to fight for the programs and services we work so hard to provide."