Editorial Agenda 2018 recap: Oregon’s progress - or not - on key issues



Editorial Agenda 2018 recap: Oregon’s progress - or not - on key issues

From its start, 2018 was a year of playing defense in Oregon. From the January referendum on a Medicaid funding package to the November ballot measure seeking to strip Oregon of its sanctuary state status, leaders focused on shoring up support for maintaining Oregon policies more than breaking new ground.

Still Oregon made some incremental progress in addressing its most urgent problems in education, homelessness, revenue and PERS reform and disaster preparedness. And with Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election and Democratic supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature, next year promises to be a whole new ballgame.

Below are recaps of notable successes or failures in the areas we highlighted for our 2018 editorial agenda – the issues we consider the most critical for Oregon leaders to address.
  • Press for a student-focused education system
  • Focus attention on the root causes of homelessness
  • Defuse Oregon’s ticking time bombs

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