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Sen. Edwards Explains Budget Vote

SALEM, Ore. — It would have increased funding by $800 million and allowed most districts to avoid cutting teachers or school days.

Senator Edwards says schools in Eugene would have faced $11.6 million in cuts. That’s not a proposal he was willing to approve.

All 14 Senate Republicans also turned down the measure. While Edwards says he agreed with Republicans to not approve this proposal, both sides need to find a new revenue source in the budget to fund education.

“It’s not just about cutting costs, it’s about raising revenue,” said Edwards. “Only a combination, a balanced approach, both sides cutting costs and raising revenue is going to resolve the funding the problems facing our schools.”

Edwards’ optimistic the two sides can come together to make a deal.

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