WASHINGTON, D.C. — Negotiations over a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill have been heating up in Congress this week. It includes nearly $66 billion for agricultural and timber programs and research.
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The ODA will expand its hemp staff from four to 12 positions in the 2021-2023 biennium after the agency was authorized to increase spending on the program from about $500,000 to $3.5 million.
The Oregon Wheat Commission expects decreased production due to drought conditions.
Senate Democrats on Thursday proposed a two-year $58.9 billion spending plan that would increase the operating budget by more than 13%.
Shift to calendar-year cycle could position program for larger projects.
With council oversight, agencies would be required to implement recommendations in a recent report by a legislative task force.
House Democrats are moving ahead with a carbon tax, clean fuels program and fuel tax increase, three policies expected to push up gasoline and diesel prices for years to come.
He seeks legislative approval of a budget that includes $60 million in one-time spending on water. A goal is to “support major infrastructure projects” that the state Water Resource Board prioritizes.
Governor's spending plan proposes spending on water and agriculture projects, forest management, broadband, food-worker training. Transportation, education, tax-relief proposals target statewide benefits.