The budget committee of the Oregon Legislature has approved a Democratic effort to curb pension benefits to the full Senate.
The committee supported the legislation in a party-line vote Friday. Republicans objected, saying the savings are too small to effectively deal with rising pension costs. They also objected to plans to push $350 million worth of payments into future years.
The measure would reduce cost-of-living increases in retirement checks on a graduated scale. It also would eliminate supplemental tax payments for retirees living outside Oregon. Public-employee unions oppose the measure, but Democrats say it's necessary to boost school funding.
Gov. John Kitzhaber's office says he'll sign it.