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                House Speaker Tina Kotek

            House Republican Leader Mike McLane


News Release

October 2, 2013

Contact:  Jared Mason-Gere                                      Kevin Curry                                         

                 (503) 986-1204                              (503) 986-1351

    jared.mason-gere@state.or.us            kevin.curry@state.or.us





Kotek and McLane Commend Passage of “Grand Bargain” Legislative Package to Fund Education


SALEM – Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) and House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) this afternoon issued the following statement applauding the passage of bipartisan legislation to increase school funding, generating savings in the Public Employee Retirement System, and support small business growth:


“Oregonians can be proud that the Oregon legislature is not gridlocked.  We responded to the Governor’s call for a special session by working together even when it was difficult.    We brought additional reforms to the Public Employee Retirement System, helped seniors afford medical care, made a dedicated investment in mental health, supported Oregon small businesses and put more money into education this biennium.


“This compromise package for education and small business included something that was difficult for every member of the legislature.  Every legislator had to wrestle with these decisions and determine the best path forward. We are grateful for all the hard work done by our colleagues.”