Oregon revenue forecast won't avert budget cuts

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's latest revenue forecast means Oregon lawmakers can't avoid budget cuts during the current legislative session.

State economists delivered their quarterly revenue projections on Wednesday, and the forecast is virtually unchanged from the last one. Experts don't expect the state to take in enough revenue to deliver all the funding promised in the two-year budget approved last summer.

Meanwhile, the departments of Corrections and Human Services, along with the Oregon Health Authority, face large deficits.

The Legislature withheld 2 percent from the second year of every agency's budget in case revenue growth slowed. Lawmakers have warned that most agencies will be getting very little of that money.