Oregon announces $90 million Climate Budget Framework

Oregon announced the newest Climate Budget Framework aimed at helping communities across the state.

The $90 million Climate Budget Framework aims to reduce utility costs, promote self-sustainable communities, and prepare for climate emergencies.

On top of this, Oregon legislators expect to receive nearly $1 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funding to help support climate mitigation across the state.

Representative Pam Marsh (D-Southern Jackson County) says, as drought, wildfire, and extreme heat continue, Oregon needs to plan ahead.

“We need to look to the future,” Marsh said.  “We need to do what we can to stave off the change in climate conditions and we also need to make sure Oregonians are ready for what’s to come.”

Proposals include the rooftop solar program, community renewable grant program, and an act to protect Oregon’s tree-canopies.

Marsh said some money will go directly to counties to support climate resiliency.

In addition to the Climate Budget Framework, Oregon also introduced new legislation that invests over $30 million to help address the negative effects of climate change, including devastating wildfires in the West.

“This funding is critical to safe, successful firefighting and fire mitigation year-round,” said Representative Dacia Grayber (D-SW Portland & E Beaverton), a firefighter by trade and member of the House Committee on Emergency Management, General Government, and Veterans. “The importance of good training, appropriate resourcing, and support for the emergency responder workforce cannot be understated.”

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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