Kulongoski told the audience at a ceremony for those providing alcohol and drug treatment services that his proposal calls for 2 percent of gross liquor sales to go to treatment and prevention - enough to put an additional $17 million into such services and add the ability to help 2,600 more people get help with their addictions.
Kulongoski said the increase was "only a drop in the bucket ... but I believe those dollars will go a long way to getting us back on track."
That increase, along with $4 million from the state general fund, would bring the total spending for treatment and prevention to $127 million, Kulongoski spokesman Jake Weigler said.
The governor said his proposal linked treatment to the growing number of people, and particularly underage drinkers, who use hard liquor. More details.