Senate votes down budget for schools



SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate has voted down a $6.55 billion budget for primary and secondary schools after one Democrat and all 14 Republicans said it didn’t send enough money to the schools.

Yesterday’s vote now further complicates efforts to balance the state’s budget.

Republicans refused to support the budget without steeper cuts in public-employee pensions, which would then allow school districts to save money on retirement costs.