Public schools in Oregon will have to wait longer to find out how much state funding they can expect over the next two years.
The Oregon House postponed a key vote Tuesday on the K-12 budget. Majority Democrats said delaying the vote for a week would allow more time for lawmakers to negotiate a possible corporate tax hike.
Rep. Barbara Smith Warner said waiting until next week could yield dividends for Oregon schools.
"We are still working hard to find a way to make strategic new investments in our schools by containing costs and reforming our revenue system,” she said.
House Republican leader Mike McLane called the delay a "political maneuver." He unsuccessfully argued for an immediate vote on the funding bill.
"We don't need more games played with our kids,” McLane said.
The K-12 budget passed the Oregon Senate nearly two weeks ago on a bipartisan vote.