SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has proposed a state budget that would close a spending gap without tax increases.
Kitzhaber had hinted he would ask for steep cuts to health care, education and public safety -- but schools and many state agencies would get roughly the same amount of money allotted in the current budget.
The governor's 2011-13 budget proposes spending about $14.5 billion in general fund and lottery revenue, up about 8 percent from the current $13.5 billion two-year budget.
His school funding proposal is $5.56 billion, even with some recommended changes such as consolidating school districts, is short of the $5.8 billion education lobbyists say is needed.