SALEM — Governor Kate Brown today addressed Deschutes County residents during a meeting of the City Club of Central Oregon. She gave an overview of her legislative priorities for the upcoming short session, including addressing climate change and wildfire response.
“Central Oregon is changing fast, but is still very much a natural resource-dependent economy, meaning it is often the first region to see the impacts of climate change, in crops and bottom lines,” said Governor Kate Brown. “As Governor, I’ve worked to make sure our state is a place where everyone can thrive, and a big part of that is focusing on preserving the beauty and bounty of Oregon—because our growing economy is so closely linked to our natural resources.
“Left unchecked, climate change will have devastating effects on all that we hold dear. I am committed to crafting climate policy that protects our environment and also grows our economy. In Oregon, we can do both.”
Governor Brown took questions from the audience on topics ranging from affordable housing and healthcare to climate policy.