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Oregon Lawmakers Set To Sign Off On K-12 Budget

Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

The Oregon Senate could give final approval Monday to a $7.3 billion spending plan for public schools.

It's a number that has few people in the state capitol happy.

Some education groups and Republicans have been saying that they'd like to see a much bigger number. Democrats have said they too would like to see a bigger number but this is what they have to work with and making the education budget larger would mean cutting from other state programs. And so they then always pose the question of what would you cut to fund education more?

If the Senate approves the measure, it heads to Governor Kate Brown.

Majority Democrats say they'll add more money for schools later in the session if the state's economic outlook improves.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.