The hole in Brown’s budget

Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown speaks about her proposed 2017-2019 budget at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Anna Reed /Statesman-Journal via AP)

There is a gaping hole in Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget, released last Thursday. Brown’s financial road map for Oregon has nothing to say about the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and its burgeoning costs to local governments and school districts.

To propose a financial plan for Oregon and omit PERS is a bit like offering a battle strategy and leaving out ammunition costs.

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