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As I write this, 979 Oregonians – and counting! Yes, I’m absolutely watching the ticker move! – have signed up to join Oregon’s Kitchen Table and taken part in the first consultation on state budget priorities.

We have also heard from a number of you with big ideas, corrections to glitches, and honest critiques. Thanks a lot – and keep them coming! That’s why this is an experiment. We’re learning more every day and continuing to adjust and adapt.

If you still haven’t signed up or taken a few minutes to respond to the consultation, you’ve got a couple of more days left. This Friday, June 22, is the last day to participate in our first consultation. So pull up a chair at and encourage your family and friends to join the conversation! Call your mom in Madras, email your coworker in Corvallis, share our Facebook page with friends in Forest Grove, and text your daughter in The Dalles with an invite.

Sarah Giles