Friday, February 6, 2009

$175 million state stimulus signed into law

From the Oregonian:

Barely a half-hour after the House voted it out Thursday morning, Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed into law a $175 million public works package that backers hope will start putting Oregonians back to work.
The contentious package is the first major act of the 2009 session, passed over strenuous objections from minority Republicans who said the plan digs Oregon further into debt and does little to counter a stubborn recession.
But Kulongoski, a Democrat, applauded his colleagues for their speedy work. With him at the signing ceremony were Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House
Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone.
"With less than 30 days into this session, the Legislature crafted an economic stimulus plan that will put Oregonians to work in every corner of our state," Kulongoski said. "The state is prepared to move quickly to break ground on projects from Portland to Pendleton by April 1 of this year."