SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's top legislative budget writers have unveiled a plan to close a looming $1.8 billion shortfall by making cuts across state government -- a plan they hope lawmakers and voters will reject as unacceptable.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that during a Thursday news conference Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, and Rep. Nancy Nathanson, D-Eugene, said the 2017-19 budget proposal could lead to teacher layoffs, university tuition hikes and kicking people off the state's Medicaid program.
The magnitude of their proposed cuts was not a surprise. Democratic leaders in the Legislature said earlier this month they hoped the $20.6 billion budget would help build political will to overhaul the state's tax system. In a joint statement, Devlin and Nathanson described their budget as "one we believe Oregonians will reject."