Oregon budget cycle begins without a budget

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 2:32 PM

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

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

A government shutdown is not imminent, however. That's 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 is expected to vote Monday on the budget for primary and secondary schools, which was already approved in the Senate.

The Senate could 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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