I have been notified by legislative leadership that they do not intend to refer kicker reform and an emergency reserve fund to the November ballot during this special session – or anytime this year.

“This decision by legislative leadership is disappointing and a missed opportunity for the people of Oregon who strongly support using a portion of the kicker revenues to build an adequate reserve for critical services.

“There is no more important issue for the legislature to address at this time. Oregonians deserve the opportunity to establish an emergency reserve fund in our state constitution that will help provide fiscal stability and certainty in the state's budgeting process.

“We will never end this cycle of roller coaster budgeting that forces us to cut schools and public safety in every recession unless we reform the kicker and build a strong reserve fund.

“The people of Oregon deserve better.”