Kitzhaber eyes special session decision

John Kitzhaber
FILE - In this June 28, 2012, file photo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Salem, Ore. Oregon lawmakers who want to lower the costs of pension benefits for government employees face a difficult dance to craft changes that produce meaningful savings without reneging on iron-clad promises made to workers in years past. Gov. Kitzhaber also has said he'd like to see changes. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber says he hopes to decide within 10 days whether to call the Legislature into special session to work on a deal that would reduce pension benefits for public employees.

The East Oregonian reports that Kitzhaber made the remark in a meeting with education leaders in Hermiston on Thursday.

Kitzhaber has been trying to gain support for a combination of pension cuts and tax increases to lower costs and increase funding for schools.

He’s made his case in travels to school districts facing the toughest budget environments.

He spent Thursday and Friday in Eastern Oregon, where the Pendleton School District is struggling with declining enrollment.

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