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Mon Dec 5, 2016, 03:37 AM

Gov. Kate Brown's Proposed 2017-19 Budget Draws Criticism from Distillersand Stand for Children

Gov. Kate Brown released her proposed budget for 2017-19 this week and swiftly met criticism from two vastly different interest groups.

Stand for Children, the education advocacy group that backed November's Measure 98, says Brown's budget proposal doesn't follow the will of voters, who overwhelmingly approved the career- and technical-education measure aimed at boosting Oregon's graduate rate. Brown's proposed budget sets aside only $139.4 million of the estimated $247 million backers anticipated would fund the programs.

"Oregonians just voted by a 2-1 margin to fix our high school graduation rate, which is the third lowest in the country," wrote Toya Fick, executive director of Stand for Children, in a statement. "Despite all of that, the governor's budget only goes halfway."

Brown's budget attempts to address a $1.7 billion budget shortfall.

Read more: http://www.wweek.com/news/state/2016/12/03/gov-kate-browns-proposed-2017-19-budget-proposal-draws-criticism-from-distillers-and-stand-for-children/

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