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Tue Jul 28, 2020, 06:00 PM

Oregonians respond to proposed state budget cuts as special session nears [View all]

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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