Oregon faces 11% drop in revenue; GOP leader blames Brown

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s economists say the state faces an 11% drop in revenue from the previous biennium as the coronavirus pandemic triggered a shutdown order and a consequent drop in tax payments. One state economist said general fund and other major revenues have been reduced relative to the March forecast by $2.7 billion in the current biennium and $4.4 billion in the 2021-23 budget period. He said the current recession is the deepest on record in Oregon with data going back to 1939. The Senate Republican leader is blaming the Democratic governor, saying she should have started pulling back her shutdown orders sooner.