Budget Battle Looms

, Written by Craig Smullin, Posted: Tue, January 31 2012 at 4:03 PM, Updated: Tue, January 31 2012 at 4:14 PM

The Oregon State Legislature is back in session tomorrow, the beginning of what will be a whirl wind month for legislators.
   ''It's sort of like speed dating, hey time to move, go to the next table.''
    State Senator Alan Bates can afford to joke now, but come wednesday in Salem, legislators will be all business...  with some major goals to accomplish.
    "One of course is obviously to balance the budget."
     Economists are projecting state revenues to be down more than $300 million dollars... and that number could climb... fortunately Bates says the budget work has already begun.
      "At the present time there is no significant or known cut to K-12, but there are cuts to Human Services, but ones we think we can deal with."
    Since legislators have only 4 weeks to complete the February special session, there will be no messing around.
    "If there is a major piece of legislation that you really need to move, move it, if not save it until 2013 when we're there for 6 months."   
     A rush job, a near even split of Republicans and Democrats and it being an election year gives Salem all the makings of a powder keg... but Bates believes they can get the job done.
    "This isn't Washington D.C., this is Oregon. We work together here and I am extremely proud of what Republicans and Democrats have done and I think we can work together in February and I think it'll be a good session because of that."

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Craig Smullin

NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin co-anchors NBC5 News at 6 and hosts the 5 on 5 Feature Interview on NBC5 News at 5.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Craig graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in Recreation Administration and Sports Management.

Since joining NBC5 News in 2005, Craig has performed virtually every job in the newsroom: News and Sports Reporter, Sports Anchor, Producer, series and segment Host and Anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and NBC5 News at 5. He became News Director in January, 2014.

When he's not managing a busy newsroom, Craig spends time with his wife, two young sons and two dogs. He is a dedicated fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Portland Trailblazers and loves snow boarding the slopes of Mt. Ashland.

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