Oregon Budget http://nwpr.org en Oregon Revenue Outlook: 'Slow And Steady' http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-revenue-outlook-slow-and-steady <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082813CL_forecast_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon's economy is holding steady. That was the word from state economists as they delivered a quarterly update on the revenue picture to lawmakers.<p>Oregon lawmakers craft a spending plan and then keep their fingers crossed that all of the anticipated revenue materializes over the next two years. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:51:45 +0000 Chris Lehman 33309 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Lawmakers Close Out 2013 Session http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-lawmakers-close-out-2013-session <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/070813CL_orlegsinedie_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon lawmakers have adjourned their 2013 legislative session. The final gavel fell just before 3 p.m. Monday.<p>House Speaker Tina Kotek carefully calibrated the final gavel to time it just right with her Senate colleague on the other side of the capitol rotunda. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:34:01 +0000 Chris Lehman 30620 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Lawmakers Close Out 2013 Session Oregon Lawmakers Send Education Budget To Governor http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-lawmakers-send-education-budget-governor <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/07/070113CL_k12budget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon schools will get a sizeable increase in state funding after the Oregon House gave final approval to a spending plan for K-12 schools. Supporters say it will protect most districts from cuts.<p>When combined with a separate bill to cut public pensions, the education budget gives Oregon schools an additional $1 billion dollars to spend statewide. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 23:10:18 +0000 Chris Lehman 30274 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Lawmakers Send Education Budget To Governor Oregon Senate Changes Course, Approves Schools Budget http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-senate-changes-course-approves-schools-budget <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/062613CL_schoolbudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A major component of the Oregon budget is on the move in the legislature again. The Oregon Senate Wednesday signed off on the spending plan for K-12 schools. It comes one week after the same budget proposal failed.<p>Oregon schools get the bulk of their money through the legislature. This budget would represent a sizable boost over last time. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:30:20 +0000 Chris Lehman 30024 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Senate Changes Course, Approves Schools Budget Oregon K-12 Budget Hits Legislative Roadblock http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-k-12-budget-hits-legislative-roadblock <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061713CL_schoolbudget_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The largest portion of the Oregon state spending plan hit a major roadblock in the legislature Monday.<p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:03:53 +0000 Chris Lehman 29512 at http://nwpr.org Oregon K-12 Budget Hits Legislative Roadblock Still No Agreement On Revenue, Pensions In Oregon Legislature http://nwpr.org/post/still-no-agreement-revenue-pensions-oregon-legislature <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061013CL_schools_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on money for K-12 education. But final approval of the spending plan likely won't happen until later this month.<p>On the table right now is $6.75 billion for Oregon schools. That's a sizable jump over the current spending plan. But some of the state's largest districts say even with that increase, they'd still need to cut teachers or school days.<p>Both parties want to bump the number up. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:59:12 +0000 Chris Lehman 29098 at http://nwpr.org Still No Agreement On Revenue, Pensions In Oregon Legislature Increased Corporate Tax Collections Could Trigger Oregon's Kicker Rebate http://nwpr.org/post/increased-corporate-tax-collections-could-trigger-oregons-kicker-rebate <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051613CL_McMullen_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Better-than-expected tax collections could trigger Oregon's unique kicker law, at least for corporations. The rebate is issued if revenues exceed initial projections by more than two percent. A newly released revenue forecast noted Thursday that business taxes have been robust enough to cross that threshold.<p>But state economist Mark McMullen says a final tally won't be made until later this year. "We believe that a kicker is better than a 50-50 shot. But not a sure thing. Thu, 16 May 2013 23:11:32 +0000 Chris Lehman 27670 at http://nwpr.org State Economist: Oregon's Growth Rate Improving http://nwpr.org/post/state-economist-oregons-growth-rate-improving <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051613CL_forecast_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon's economic outlook is looking brighter. That's according to state economists, who issued their quarterly revenue forecast Thursday. The news comes as lawmakers get ready to put together the state's next two-year spending plan.<p>The slow and steady improvement is still steady, just not quite as slow. Thu, 16 May 2013 23:09:09 +0000 Chris Lehman 27669 at http://nwpr.org Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes http://nwpr.org/post/kitzhaber-challenges-lawmakers-pass-additional-pension-cuts-tax-hikes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051513CL_kitzproposal_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>On the eve of a new state revenue forecast, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is putting pressure on state lawmakers to reach a deal over taxes and public pensions. The Democrat proposed a compromise Wednesday aimed at pleasing Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.<p>Majority Democrats have already approved cuts to public retiree pensions. But Republicans said the cuts weren't deep enough. Wed, 15 May 2013 23:33:14 +0000 Chris Lehman 27610 at http://nwpr.org Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes Oregon Hospital Tax Becomes Political Bargaining Chip http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-hospital-tax-becomes-political-bargaining-chip <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051413CL_hospitaltax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Oregon House Tuesday approved a measure to renew a tax paid by hospitals and long-term care facilities. The concept isn't controversial since the institutions that pay it are largely reimbursed by federal Medicaid dollars. But the vote became a skirmish in a larger political battle in Salem.<p>That battle is whether to raise revenue or cut public pensions further. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:31:07 +0000 Chris Lehman 27540 at http://nwpr.org