The Oregon legislature voted on spending plans for education this week. The Senate unanimously passed a plan for funding K-12 schools at a level of $5.7 billion.
Many complained that's too small. But Democratic Senator Chris Edwards nicely summed up the feeling in the room.
Chris Edwards: "You know what? This recession sucks. All these decisions suck. And this budget sucks. But we don't have a choice."
Environmentalists might have reason to think a federal spending plan sucks, because one version removes grey wolves from the Endangered Species List. And one Oregon political party has to fight to merely keep its name.
On Fridays we talk politics with Bill and Jeff. Bill Lunch is OPB's Political Analyst, and he joins us from Washington state. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.