False: Shawn Lindsay says "Yet in Salem they have traditionally waited until the money is almost gone to pay for the most important things in our state's budget."
For example, Rep. Shawn Lindsay, R-Hillsboro, issued a press release last week, highlighting support from local school board members. He strongly believes that the K-12 budget should be approved early in the legislative session, say March or April, so that districts can start making plans.
"Families across Oregon set priorities and pay for the most important things out of their bank accounts first, not last," noted Lindsay (in the release). "Yet in Salem they have traditionally waited until the money is almost gone to pay for the most important things in our state’s budget."
That didn’t sound right. Lawmakers, as far as we know, do not parcel out money on a vote-as-they-go process. Instead, chief budget negotiators on the Joint Ways and Means Committee have a rough idea of how much they can spend for the next two years, and they start piecing the puzzle, knowing they have a minimum for some programs.
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