Kitzhaber pushes pension cuts in proposed budget

Kitzhaber pushes pension cuts in proposed budget
FILE - In this June 28, 2012, file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. Oregon lawmakers who want to lower the costs of pension benefits for government employees face a difficult dance to craft changes that produce meaningful savings without reneging on iron-clad promises made to workers in years past. Gov. Kitzhaber also has said he'd like to see changes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. John Kitzhaber will propose an increase in funding for Oregon schools, but the money wouldn't be enough to cover rising costs.

Kitzhaber is scheduled to release his budget proposal on Friday. A summary released by his office on Thursday says he'll recommend $6.15 billion in K-12 school funding over the next two years. That's an increase over current funding, but it's not enough to maintain the current level of service in schools.

To bridge the gap, Kitzhaber hopes lawmakers will cut benefits for retired public employees.

Kitzhaber's budget also assumes that the Legislature will change criminal sentencing laws to leave the prison population virtually flat over the next decade.

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