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Local lawmakers ready for session's start on Monday

Herald and News by Ty Beaver 1/9/09

State Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls (HERE for Whitsett Page on KBC)

(Oregon Senator Doug) Whitsett says his primary focus will be to balance the state’s budget without implementing new taxes or fees on taxpayers.
   “Given the current economy, that’s going to take a lot of work,” he said.
   He said Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s proposed $16 billion budget funds good, new programs such as health coverage for children, but would hurt services for the disabled and elderly. The legislator said he also is working on bills to preserve small-school funding for Klamath County schools should Klamath County and Klamath Falls city school districts merge.
   Kulongoski’s efforts to push legislation that would raise power rates to PacifiCorp customers to pay for removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River have Whitsett’s attention as well.
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