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Is the OLCC really necessary?

Oregon lawmakers know that their latest state budget proposal, an $11.2 billion plan unveiled last week, is only the jumping-off point for negotiations, and advocates of various services continue to lobby for cuts to fall elsewhere.

The most controversial element of the budget is its reliance on cuts to human services: Some believe that the state should eliminate unnecessary or redundant services instead.

Last week, the Portland Tribune began a three-part series on state services that often come under scrutiny during budget negotiations. Today, we focus on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Ñ Lisa Baker