No matter who wins in Tuesday’s election, the 90 Oregonians serving in the state House and Senate next year will determine the kind of state we live in as they make crucial budget decisions on schools, social services and our daily lives.
The 90 Oregonians serving in the state House and Senate are responsible for writing the budget that affects schools, social services and our daily lives.
Managing billions is never an easy task for part-time legislators and their limited staffs. They face pressure from professional lobbyists and groups that helped finance their elections — not to mention the voters back home who flood their offices with calls and e-mails. Drafting a balanced budget will be all the more difficult with a $3.2 billion chasm between the state’s anticipated income and the expected cost to pay for schools, public safety and other programs through June 2013.
With revenues down as much as $1 billion since the 2009 Legislature wrote the current $14 billion budget, lawmakers spent much of the summer scrambling to blunt across-the-board cuts ordered by the governor.
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