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No deal on Oregon budget talks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A second day of budget talks between Oregon’s governor and legislative leaders failed to produce a compromise.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kitzhaber said Tuesday that there were no meetings scheduled to continue negotiations.

Kitzhaber met Monday and Tuesday at the governor’s mansion with Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney. Also at the meeting were Republican House and Senate leaders Mike McLane and Ted Ferrioli.

Democrats have majorities in the House and Senate, but they’ll need Republican votes to get the new tax revenue they’re seeking.

In exchange, Republicans want steeper cuts to public-employee pensions, which Democrats have resisted.

Lawmakers have until the end of the month to adopt a new spending plan for the next two years.


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