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Tue Jul 28, 2020, 07:00 PM

Oregonians respond to proposed state budget cuts as special session nears

Dozens of Oregonians voiced concerns about proposed state funding cuts during three days of committee hearings last week, the public's first opportunity to respond to a budget plan that eliminates $387 million in spending across state agencies.

Needing to rebalance the budget after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the state's economy, slashing expected tax revenue, lawmakers decided to prioritize K-12 education funding while reconciling a $1.2 billion hole.

Despite deciding to dip into the state's emergency Education Stability Fund to the tune of $400 million, the proposed cuts remain extensive.

A special session of the Oregon Legislature is expected to convene within the first two weeks of August. Lawmakers previously returned to the Capitol for a three-day special session in late June to implement police accountability measures and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/27/covid-19-oregonians-respond-proposed-state-budget-cuts-legislature-special-session-nears-salem/5509247002/
(Salem Statesman Journal)

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Tue Jul 28, 2020, 07:28 PM

1. Anyone got their kicker refund yet?

Iím starting to wonder if they will try to hang onto the money, though I only submitted my tax return about 3 weeks ago and taxes from 2019 should be a done deal.

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Tue Jul 28, 2020, 07:29 PM

2. But Moscow Mitch thinks the country can afford

$30 Billion for some new military jets.



We don't have any sales tax here, and that's nice when you're buying a car, but it makes the state budget go "ouch" when times are tough.

On Edit: Sales taxes tend to be regressive, unfortunately, and it's a serious third rail in this state.

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