Brown releases budget proposal as state deals with crises

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a year where Oregon has weathered a global pandemic that has killed more than 900 residents, forest fires that ravaged 1 million acres and ongoing protests in the state’s largest city,  Gov. Kate Brown’s budget proposal attempts to mitigate the effects of the turmoil. A key part of the Democrat’s 2021-2023 budget released Tuesday is to secure additional coronavirus relief funds, as current monies are set to expire on Dec. 31.  For months Brown has urged Congress to immediately reinstitute the $600 supplemental benefit for unemployment and enhance federal employment compensation. The two-year, general fund budget proposal is more than $25 billion.