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Brown wants ‘ambitious’ Oregon budget to be the bedrock of her legacy

Gov. Kate Brown announces her proposed two-year state budget during a news conference Wednesday in the governor's office in Salem. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown stood at her lectern in the walnut-paneled ceremonial office Wednesday morning to deliver a symbolic message as she released a budget she characterized as “ambitious.”

“Oregon’s motto is not ‘She rests on her laurels.’ It is ‘She flies with her own wings.’ And I think it’s time for Oregon to soar,” Brown told reporters.

In revealing ambitions for her final term, Brown announced a record expansion of school funding, a revamping of the state approach to energy issues and readying for legal battle against the Trump administration.

Under her proposed two-year budget, school kids would have smaller . . .