School budget shortfall prompts call for special session

School budget shortfall prompts call for special session
- SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says state lawmakers should consider a special session soon to figure out a way to help Portland public schools and other struggling districts.

The Salem Democrat offered that suggestion after the state's latest revenue forecast showed that state might be receiving $700 million more in revenue than was expected, thanks to an improving Oregon economy.

Courtney says he is not suggesting using excess revenue that is due to be refunded to taxpayers next year under Oregon's 'kicker' law.

The Senate president says instead, increased lottery revenue that does not fall under the kicker law might be used to aid financially struggling Portland schools.

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