Senate Passes K-12 Budget
June 27, 2013, 1:06 am
The Oregon State Senate passed a K-12 budget Wednesday with an overwhelming 22-8 vote. But several senators aren't happy.
That's because of senators like Brian Boquist, who voted for it, but believes they have failed Oregonians by not cutting a deal to lessen PERS spending, raising revenue, and bolstering education and mental health. "One of my adages that my colleagues tell me is indecision is the key to flexibility. Unfortunately [others] are right when they say it's time to vote, it's time to leave. I'll vote yes, but I don't think this is right budget," Boquist said on the floor.
The package includes a one billion dollar increase for this biennium compared to lasts for schools. The $6.55 billion budget would allow many but not all school districts to avoid cuts. The budget now moves to the house where it's expected to pass.