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Big decisions to be made in Salem this year for Oregon’s budget.  Bend Senator Chris Telfer says it's time to change the budgeting process. “I’m drafting legislation to move us away from this current service level approach which just enables bigger and bigger budgets every year. More towards a continued improvement level which is based on performance, which means we are not going to fund something that is not performing, and let's define what performance is.” Telfer says one example is instead of asking how many people received food stamps; we need to ask how many people were able to get off food stamps. Telfer says many in Salem play a shell game with the numbers. She questions the shortfall and says the State will have a $1.4 billion increase in revenue next biennium. She says the practice of calling a reduction in a proposed budget a "cut" is deceptive and has to stop because it's not a true cut in services.

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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