The governor and Legislature are wrestling with a projected budget gap of $1.6 billion as costs of state services and pensions outpace tax revenue.

A new survey shows potential support in Oregon for tax increases — if the money is clearly dedicated to education.

The poll from the Oregon School Boards Association finds two-thirds of respondents would back a corporate tax increase if the money were certain to fund public schools.

"What the poll did show is that Oregonians are willing to take a tax vote to increase taxes on large businesses, so long as it's dedicated to K-12 schools," OSBA Director Jim Green said at a Salem press conference Monday. "I think that provides a path forward for this Legislature."

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