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A Preview Of The Oregon Legislature's Budget-Balancing Session

<p>The Oregon LEgislature gathers in this February 2017 file photo.</p>
<p>The Oregon LEgislature gathers in this February 2017 file photo.</p>

All Oregon legislators knew this day was coming, but none of them relished its arrival.

With the economy taking a huge hit from the pandemic, Oregon tax revenues have declined significantly. And Oregon law requires a balanced budget, which means it is time to cut services or raise taxes, or both.

Congress has so far failed to deliver on a plan to help out state and local governments, so the legislature has to meet to make some tough decisions.

We get a preview of what's expected from Lauren Dake, who covers the Oregon Capitol for public radio.

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