Legislative leaders, governor lay out session priorities in Salem
January 31, 2017
and Paris Achen
EO Media Capital Bureau
Oregon’s legislative leaders say they have a difficult session ahead of them.
With the games due to begin Feb. 1, balancing the state’s budget is top of mind.
Health care costs, education programs and rising state employee costs all mean that the state has nearly $1.8 billion less than it needs to maintain the present level of government services.
Possible changes in federal immigration and health care policies also seemed to muddy the waters as legislators discussed their agendas for 2017 with members of the press in a forum at the Oregon Ca...