Oregon legislative leaders and Governor Kitzhaber seem to agree that the state budget for the next two fiscal years should invest more revenues in K-12 education while reducing the costs of the state retirement system and for prisons. Oregon, like Washington and many other states around the country, have watched public investment in K-12, and even college level education shrink to some of the lowest levels per student in decades.
But any attempt to trim benefits for PERS retirees or start turning prison inmates free earlier than planned, will be strongly opposed by PERS advocates and others who believe, “You do the crime, you do the time.”
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.