John Thomasian, director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, says Oregon fits a pattern of cuts and hard choices taking place across the country.
"Next year will be about using those savings and what we're getting in increased revenues to pour back into progressive policy initiatives ... around jobs and even reinvest in education and infrastructure," says Thomasian
Back in Salem, one of the seniors lobbying for Oregon's Project Independence said she
would be able to stay in her
own home, while also acknowledging there may be other groups that need the money more.
Such an admission during the crucial final days of session could be seen as going off message.