Ore. budget compromise won't close prison
Thursday, February 23, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers have reached a budget compromise that avoids closing a prison in Salem but retains more than $13 million in cuts to providers of in-home care to seniors and people with disabilities.
The budget also calls for cuts in middle management positions, which had been opposed by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Officials say legislative leaders from both parties agreed late Thursday on a memo announcing the cuts. A Kitzhaber spokesman has said the governor will sign the budget.
Lawmakers are grappling with slower-than-expected growth in Oregon's economy that has resulted in a $341 million drop in projected revenue.
The budget agreement erases just over $200 million in planned spending affecting most facets of state government. It is still subject to legislative approval.