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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Lawmakers Set To Sign Off On K-12 Budget


The Oregon Senate could give final approval Monday to a $7.3 billion spending plan for public schools.

It's a number that has few people in the state capitol happy.

Some education groups and Republicans have been saying that they'd like to see a much bigger number. Democrats have said they too would like to see a bigger number but this is what they have to work with and making the education budget larger would mean cutting from other state programs. And so they then always pose the question of what would you cut to fund education more?

If the Senate approves the measure, it heads to Governor Kate Brown.

Majority Democrats say they'll add more money for schools later in the session if the state's economic outlook improves.