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'OPB Politics Now': How Oregon Plans To Fill A $1.4 Billion Budget Gap


The Oregon Capitol in Salem. As lawmakers continue to debate whether to change how the state taxes businesses, some public employee unions say they'll take the question to voters again.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem. As lawmakers continue to debate whether to change how the state taxes businesses, some public employee unions say they’ll take the question to voters again.

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On the latest episode of “OPB Politics Now,” we discuss Oregon lawmakers’ proposals for closing the state’s $1.4 billion budget shortfall. Democratic leaders announced a corporate tax plan that would raise nearly $900 million over the next two years. They also have a proposal to shift some of the burden of Oregon’s pension plan to its recipients. Geoff Norcross talks with OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Hillary Borrud, political reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive. And we get the highlights from political scientist Paul Gronke’s survey findings about the affect of the state’s “motor voter” law on the  the turnout and diversity of the Oregon electorate.

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