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Ways & Means

The Ways & Means committee is where many of the critical decisions get made during the legislative session. This bipartisan committee made up of both Senate and House members must agree on balancing the budget. In addition to that hefty responsibility, the Ways & Means committee also negotiates any other bill that has to do with spending state money.

On Monday, public employees and their supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol in Salem. They asked legislators to reconsider proposed cuts to prisons, schools and in-home care. Last week, Governor Kitzhaber offered his own budget proposal, which would involve dipping into reserve funds.

We’ll find out where the budget stands.

Have you been following coverage of the budget? What concerns you? What would you like to see? Did you attend the rally at the Capitol on Monday? What motivated you to come?


  • Dennis Richardson: Oregon state representative (R-Central Point) and co-chair of the Ways & Means Committee
  • Peter Buckley: Oregon state representative (D-Ashland) and co-chair of the Ways & Means Committee
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