Governor touts plan to help rural Oregon

A proposed boost in state funds to create more housing in rural areas of the state is a key priority for Gov. Kate Brown. (The Enterprise/File).

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown says she understands the challenges Malheur County employers have in getting employees, and developing housing for those employees is a key element of her rural agenda.

She has proposed increased state spending to develop affordable housing and considers her Greater Oregon Housing Accelerator essential. From Ontario to Tillamook, Brown hears from workers who can’t find a place to live near employers.

“It’s a huge issue,” Brown said. “I hear that story everywhere.”

Brown reviewed progress on her rural agenda in an interview with the Malheur Enterprise in her Capitol office, just days before she headed for Ontario. She will appear at an Ontario Area . . .