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Oregon Budget
4:23 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Puts Pressure On Lawmakers

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber speaks at the state capitol in Salem.
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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber firmly put the ball in the court of Oregon lawmakers when he released his two-year budget proposal Friday. The spending plan relies on savings gained from potentially controversial changes to the state's pension and public safety systems.

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Oregon Budget
6:49 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Relies On Cost-Cutting Measures

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's proposed budget relies on cost-cutting measures to public pensions, health care and prisons. The Democrat will unveil his two-year spending plan at the state capitol Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman got an early look and has this report.

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Wash. State Budget
3:56 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Budget Chair: Total Shortfall = $2.76 Billion

Washington House of Representatives

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:23 pm

Governor-elect Jay Inslee and Washington lawmakers face a nearly $3B conundrum in the next two-year budget. That's the stark assessment of House Budget Chair Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Hunter outlined the bigger-than-previously-reported budget gap in a PowerPoint slide presentation to fellow House Democrats at the start of two days of pre-session meetings at the Capitol.

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Anti-tax Pledge
4:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Murray Urges More Republicans To Break Anti-tax Pledge

Sen. Patty Murray
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U.S. Senator Patty Murray is encouraging Republican members of Congress to break campaign pledges to vote against any tax increases. The Washington Democrat made the comments on the floor of the U.S Senate Wednesday.

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Oregon Pension Cuts
6:31 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Will Include Pension Cost-Cutting

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is asking lawmakers in Salem to take a hard look at cutting costs in the state's pension system. Some of those potential savings will be a part of the two-year spending plan that the Democrat will unveil this Friday.

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Oregon Budget
4:01 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Oregon Revenue Projection Mostly Flat

Economists released their latest set of projections about Oregon state revenue.
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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber now has final revenue numbers to write his next two-year budget proposal. State economists Tuesday released their latest set of projections about Oregon tax and lottery income.

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Washington State Budget
4:46 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Practicality Of 'No New Taxes' Pledge Debated In Olympia

Washington State Rep. Ross Hunter, the chief budget writer for House Democrats.
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In Olympia, a new revenue outlook shows a shortfall in the next state budget cycle. That is putting renewed attention on promises not to raise taxes.

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Effects Of Federal Budget Cuts
4:53 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Federal Budget Cuts Leave Port Orford Fisherman Struggling to Get To Sea

Top brass from the Army Corps of Engineers traveled to Port Orford today to deliver bad news. The corps says it can’t afford to dredge the fishing port now or in the foreseeable future. Other small ports in the Northwest will face similar cuts.

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Washington Public Schools
7:06 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Schools Chief Asks For 39% Budget Increase

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has asked for an additional four-point-one-billion dollars for basic education in his biennial budget proposal. Ann Dornfeld reports.

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Wash. Budget Shortfall
5:06 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Reality Check: New Wash. Governor Faces $1B Shortfall, $1B Education Bill

One of these two men will likely confront a $2 billion problem next January.
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Both candidates for Washington governor have pledged to drive more money into education – without raising taxes. But the state faces a $1 billion shortfall in the next two year budget cycle. Plus, a recent Supreme Court ruling requires the state to come up with another $1 billion for schools.

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