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Apr 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM
The budget committee of the Oregon Legislature approved a Democratic bill curbing pension benefits for public employees in a party-line vote Friday, paving the way for decisions in the full House and Senate as soon as next week.
Mar 3, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Democrats in charge of the Oregon Legislature have promised to find more money for schools. This week they'll show their cards.
Sep 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM
State Rep. Peter Buckley told the Mail Tribune newspaper he supports regulating marijuana in a manner similar to the regulation of alcohol under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Legalization would take the "black market" out of Oregon, he said.
Feb 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Key legislative leaders have agreed not to close prisons or cut funding for schools, but a compromise budget plan would lay off State Police detectives and further tighten the belt on safety-net programs for needy families.
Feb 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM
Pushing back against a legislative budget proposal that would close a prison and lay off hundreds of middle managers, Gov. John Kitzhaber's administration is asking lawmakers to look at other options.
Feb 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM
As the Oregon Legislature convened Wednesday for the start of the session, key lawmakers proposed spending much of a $56 million dollar legal windfall to help patch a budget deficit and avoid cutting services for the sick and needy.
Feb 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM
Oregon lawmakers have opened the 2012 legislative session, the first in an even-year since voters decided to send lawmakers to Salem annually.
Dec 13, 2011 at 2:39 PM
Gov. John Kitzhaber's administration implemented a hiring freeze and capped enrollment in some safety-net programs Tuesday because state revenue has been lower than expected.
Oct 18, 2011 at 6:00 AM
Recent raids by federal drug agents who seized medical marijuana by the dump truck load have rankled some Oregon lawmakers who say federal authorities are overstepping their authority.
Apr 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM
Many people assume union workers such as Blocher get paid more than their counterparts in the private sector. But according to a study, state workers earn almost 3 percent less on average.
Apr 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Lane County Legislators Host Town Hall Meeting on the Oregon Budget with Ways and Means CO-Chair Rep. Peter Buckley. Join State Senators Beyer, Edwards, and Prozanski and Representatives Barnhart, Beyer, Buckley, Holvey, Hoyle, and Nathanson.
Apr 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM
Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that seeks to trim the ranks of management in state government.
Mar 29, 2011 at 2:29 PM
The budget was released by the co-chairs of the Ways and Means committee. Lawmakers will now debate the proposal.
Mar 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM
Key state lawmakers have reached a bipartisan agreement on a framework for Oregon's next two-year budget and planned to release it publicly Tuesday.
Mar 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM
Hundreds of positions on Oregon state agency books go unfilled for months or even years. Agencies ask for them when they make their budget requests to the Legislature but sometimes keep the money without filling the job.