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Oregon Senate Votes Down Schools Budget

The Oregon Senate has voted down a $6.55 billion budget for primary and secondary schools after one Democrat and all 14 Republicans said it didn’t provide enough money.

John Rosman /OPB

The vote on Monday complicates efforts to put together a state budget.

The budget would have increased school funding by $1 billion and allowed most school districts to avoid cutting teachers or school days.

But Republicans refused to support the budget without steeper cuts in public-employee pensions, which would allow school districts to save money on retirement costs.

Democratic Sen. Chris Edwards of Eugene joined GOP opponents, saying his district was one of a handful that would still face budget cuts next year. Edwards wants a combination of pension cuts and increased tax revenue

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