SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature continues deliberations Tuesday on a combination of changes to taxes, pensions and agricultural regulations.
A special session got off to a slow start Monday as Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders tried to hold together a flimsy agreement.
Senior lawmakers say they’re optimistic they can finish the session on Tuesday.
The agreement would cut pension benefits for retired government workers, raise taxes on some businesses and individuals, and cut taxes for others. Local governments would be prohibited from regulating genetically modified crops.
Proponents say the changes are needed to free up money for struggling schools. Critics include public employees who say the state shouldn’t be taking benefits promised to retirees, and environmentalists who say a measure on genetically modified crops has no place in the deal.