Kitzhaber eyes special session decision in 10 days

Kitzhaber eyes special session decision in 10 days
Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber - AP File Photo.

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber says he hopes to decide within 10 days whether to call the Legislature into special session to work on a deal that would reduce pension benefits for public employees.

The East Oregonian reports that Kitzhaber made the remark in a meeting with education leaders in Hermiston on Thursday.

Kitzhaber has been trying to gain support for a combination of pension cuts and tax increases to lower costs and increase funding for schools.

He's made his case in travels to school districts facing the toughest budget environments.

He spent Thursday and Friday in Eastern Oregon, where the Pendleton School District is struggling with declining enrollment.

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Information from: East Oregonian

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