Budget cuts, but no prison closures

Gov. Kulongoski rejected a budget-cutting plan that would close prisons and free 1,000 inmates.

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Government agencies submitted budget-cutting proposals to the governor earlier this week in response to his call for cuts. But the governor does not want to make all of them.

Gov. Kulongoski plans to ask the Legislative Emergency Board to tap into a reserve fund in order to avoid a cut that would close prisons and release 1,000 inmates.

The governor also will ask the board to allocate more than $3 million to forestall proposed cuts in a community corrections program providing supervision of low-level felons, he said.

The emergency board is made up of legislative leaders and budget writers who deal with budget problems when the Legislature isn’t in session. The state currently has about $50 million set aside in emergency and reserve funds.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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