- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Preliminary projections for the next state budget show lawmakers will have to handle a $1.35 billion shortfall.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/HJ3qh1) that state bills are set to grow by $2.7 billion in the next two-year cycle and revenue is expected to grow at half that speed, leaving the 2017-19 budget unbalanced.

The tentative budget projection released Wednesday showed the cost of maintaining the government at levels approved by lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown for 2015-17. Officials say the tentative budget will continue changing as revenue and expense estimates change.

If the projected shortfall does come to pass it likely will spark renewed debates over ways to either find more revenue or cut costs.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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