Oregon lawmakers decide not to advance revenue reform

 

State Capitol Salem   In a statement yesterday, Governor Kate Brown, Senate President Peter Courtney, and Speaker Tina Kotek announced they were putting aside efforts to reform the state's revenue system during the current legislative session.
   "While we are able to protect critical services for now, in the long run we must do more. For two decades, lawmakers have struggled to patch together budgets that fund the basic needs of our state amidst the ups and downs of the economy. As we have said since the start of session, the shortfall in the current two-year budget is a red flag - a sign that short-term fixes will not keep up with the priorities of our growing state for much longer," the leaders said in a statement.  
   The three said they plan to take the issue back up in the 2019 session.  
   WEA's leadership has been at the table with lawmakers this session and engaged on the revenue situation.
   To read more about this issue, please see Pamplin Media's Claire Withycombe's report