Oregon Senate Votes Down School Budget

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th June NewsOregon legislatureschool budget
The Oregon Senate has voted down a $6.55 billion budget for primary and secondary schools after one Democrat and all 14 Republicans said it didn't provide enough money. The vote on Monday complicates efforts to put together a state budget. The budget would have increased school funding by $1 billion and allowed most school districts to avoid cutting teachers or school days. But Republicans refused to support the budget without steeper cuts in public-employee pensions, which would allow school districts to save money on retirement costs. Democratic Sen. Chris Edwards of Eugene joined GOP opponents, saying his district was one of a handful that would still face budget cuts next year. Edwards wants a combination of pension cuts and increased tax revenue

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