Legislature reaches agreement on contentious budget item

Two Jackson County legislators settled their differences Monday night over one of the last stumbling blocks that prevented wrapping up Oregon's $14.8 billion budget.

Rep. Peter Buckley, who is co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee with Republican Dennis Richardson, said in an email that a compromise has been reached between Democrats and Republicans over the funding of the public safety budget.

House Republicans had pushed to plug an $18 million gap in the Department of Corrections.

House Democrats wanted to spend additional money on programs that benefit seniors and the disabled.

Buckley stated that the final deal resembles a compromise that he offered where roughly $10 million would go to the Department of Corrections and another $10 million to seniors and the disabled.

— Damian Mann

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