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Critics mobilize against Oregon special-session plan

By JONATHAN J. COOPER

Associated Press

GMO, tax proposals draw criticism as Legislature returns to Capitol.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Critics are mobilizing against bills planned for a special legislative session aimed at cutting Oregon public-employee pensions, revising the tax code and limiting local regulation of genetically modified crops.

Environmental groups, organic farmers and others who want tougher regulations of genetically modified foods say the agricultural rules have no place in a deal on pensions and taxes.

Unions say the pension cuts would be illegal and would unfairly harm workers. Critics on the left also worry that the cost of tax breaks for small businesses will offset the gain from other tax increases.

The deal maintains support from education and business groups, along with farm and agricultural interests.

Lawmakers convene on Monday to consider the proposals.



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