Gov. John Kitzhaber met with members of the OAN Government Relations Committee on Tuesday in Salem. It was a productive discussion that covered several issues, including water supply and quality, the pollinator issue, the driver’s card bill, and the overall economy.
Kitzhaber opened by mentioning that nurseries provide the number one agricultural commodity in Oregon and are an important provider of jobs. "This has been a pretty spotty recovery, particularly in rural Oregon, so we need to use all of our tools to continue the recovery,” the governor said. "Your industry is a really important part of that.”
The committee discussed the driver’s card bill, which was passed during the 2013 session and will be on the November ballot due to a referendum drive. The governor said it will be a tough battle, but the bill is very important to him because it allows workers to get to their jobs safely and legally.
"I’ll be very engaged in the campaign,” he said. "We’ll not let that one go easily.” OAN President Matt Gold said the association appreciates the governor’s willingness to meet, as well as his consistent support of nursery industry priorities. "Thank you for your support,” he said. "It’s been great to have that open door.”