SALEM, Ore. - In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state worker salaries.
At the same time, Kulongoski worked with legislators, including Republicans - to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at giving a boost to the state's economy.
With those actions, Kulongoski believes he has helped restore some of the public's trust in government that was lost during eight years of political warfare between lawmakers and former Gov. John Kitzhaber.