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As a state, we have a duty to aid those in need, particularly Oregonians who suffer from systemic racism and are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, the Oregon Cares Fund has been an enormous success, and has provided urgent relief to Black Oregonians, Black-led nonprofits, and Black-owned businesses, which are less likely to have access to federal aid.
Some of our hospital regions have fewer than five ICU beds available to start the day, without safety measures, we could be as many as 500 staffed hospital beds short of what we need to treat patients by September and that's patients coming into the hospital for any reason: Covid, a heart attack or a car accident.
There's absolutely no question that climate change is playing out for before our eyes, we saw the heat dome event a few weeks ago ; we unfortunately lost a lot of Oregonians through that event. In February, we saw devastating ice storms, over a half a million people lost power last fall, as you are well aware. We've had unprecedented wildfires.
Former Governor Kitzhaber’s legal counsel has been notified of the lack of archiving for this time period and has committed to producing public records from that email account from that time frame to the governor’s Office, those records will be reviewed upon receipt by the governor’s office, and will be released as part of the additional productions from this account.
Oregon's government belongs to its people, and an informed, engaged populace is essential to democracy, another essential element is trust, and rebuilding that trust begins now. These reforms are designed to ensure the timely fulfillment of public records requests, to hold public officials accountable, and foster a culture of transparency.