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Oregon State Fair May Get New Management

Oregon legislators are considering a bill to turn the state fair over to an independent public corporation.

The move is another attempt to deal with the finances of the fair and its facilities.

The Oregon State Fair.

The Oregon State Fair.

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The fair itself makes a profit, but the expenses of running its exposition center year round turn the operation into a money-loser — more than $7 million in the current two-year budget period.

The fair used to be run by an independent agency, and now it’s under the control of the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports that the measure would allow the fair to use state money, but its leaders and workers would not be able to collect benefits offered to state employees.

Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem is backing the bill.

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