State of Oregon secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


John Kitzhaber: Beware uneven, unequal "recovery" without rural & minorities

Our great challenge is to ensure that the next phase of Oregon's economic "recovery" reaches all Oregonians and ends the income stagnation that continues to erode the middle class, exacerbates inequality, and for the first time threatens a generation of Oregonians with the prospect of a declining standard of living.

We cannot settle for an uneven, unequal & hesitant "recovery." The word "recovery" loses any useful meaning if it describes a state where the Portland metro area returns to pre-recession employment levels, while much of rural Oregon continues to suffer the economic and social consequences of double-digit unemployment, outdated infrastructure and an aging workforce. The word "recovery" is warped if it is used at a time when the unemployment rate for white Oregonians is falling, but for African Americans & Latino Oregonians it continues to rise. We still have much work to do. Oregon will not be a great place for any of us to live until it is a great place for all of us to live.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Ore. Legislature Jan 14, 2013

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