We’re down to the post-Super Bowl kickoff for the Oregon Legislature. Unfortunately for lawmakers their job won’t be done in four 15 minute quarters. In fact they’ll probably be lucky if they’re out of Salem by the end of June.
Since a paralyzed U.S. Congress remains out of cash, individual states are learning more and more that they’re on their own. As a result many states are pondering whether they can make up for vanishing federal “pass through” funds by squeezing certain sectors of their own budgets while closing tax loop holes and tax credits which seem to disproportionately benefit high income earners.
In short, this legislative session is going to get rather noisy. And the fact that the Democrats hold majorities in both houses and claim title to the governor’s office may prove to be an elusive advantage.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.