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Political Chat: 'Sequestions' Abound

Oregon Sen Jeff Merkley calls it, “politician-induced recession.”

Bill Lunch, Geoff Norcross, Jeff Mapes.

Bill Lunch, Geoff Norcross, Jeff Mapes.

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The White House and Congressional Republicans still haven’t come up with a plan to avert $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.  And the so-called sequestration cuts will begin Friday, if there’s no late deal.

Meanwhile, stuff is getting done in Salem.  The Oregon House approved its portion of the massive Columbia River Crossing project, just as the Legislature considers asking Oregon voters if they want to abolish the state death penalty.

And in Olympia, the state Supreme Court struck down an initiative-driven requirement that taxes must be approved by a two-thirds majority in the Legislature.

Our political guys, Bill and Jeff, have joined us again. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst; he’s at OSU Media Services in Corvallis. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian; he’s on the line.

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