Excerpts from a Portland City Club presentation Feb. 21 by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who presented his State of the State address:
'While I understand the desire to find money Ñ any money Ñ that will delay some of the cuts for a short time, without a comprehensive strategy that looks to the long term, any short-term solution will be illusory and only makes matters worse.'
Ð Explaining that cuts in human services resulted from voters' defeat of Measure 28, not from his insistence that Oregon live within its means
'We don't have forever, and we don't need another stack of studies to tell us there is a problem. But for state government to simply go back to the voters now and ask for more money is a fool's errand. As others have pointed out Ñ the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.'
Ñ On the need for a stable source of funding for education
'Investing in business and infrastructure is critical to our economy. But investing in people is even more critical. We are not going to be able to move the Oregon economy into high gear without the fuel that economies run on: skilled workers. Yet studies show a growing gap between the skills our work force has and the skills that Oregon industries need.'
Ñ On the importance of skilled workers to Oregon's economy