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Oregon Special Session Starts Monday

Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Monday for a special session tackling pensions, taxes and agricultural regulations.

Gov. John Kitzhaber called the session earlier this month, nearly a year after he first proposed a budget that included cuts in pension benefits for retired government workers.

He’s negotiated an agreement with legislative leaders that would include the pension cuts along with tax increases, tax cuts and a ban on local governments regulating genetically modified crops.

The governor and his allies have promised relief for long-struggling schools — more cash in the short term, and lower pension costs in the long term. But the plan has a line of politically connected critics urging lawmakers to vote no, and its success is not a foregone conclusion.

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