Oregon budget cycle begins without a budget

Oregon budget cycle begins without a budget

Credit: Oregon Legislature

Oregon budget cycle begins without a budget

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by Associated Press

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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 12:45 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon begins a new two-year budget cycle Monday without a completed budget.

State government spending authority expired at midnight, and the Legislature has not yet approved new budgets for many state agencies.

A government shutdown is not imminent, however, because lawmakers approved a continuing resolution the keeps the government running at current funding levels through Aug. 15.

Lawmakers are pushing to approve the remaining budgets this week and adjourn for the year.

The House backed a budget for primary and secondary schools, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber. A spokesman says he'll sign it.

On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to take up a combination of tax increases and public-employee pension cuts that's been a source of gridlock for weeks.

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