Oregon legislators last week released their newest budget plan, an $11.2 billion blueprint that relies on continued reductions in programs rather than tax increases to cope with recession-caused revenue slippage.

The ongoing budget problems Ñ and the cuts to human services they have led to so far Ñ add to the debate about whether other functions could be eliminated from the state budget.

On April 18, the Portland Tribune began a three-part series on state services that often come under scrutiny during times of budget trimming. Today, the state motor pool, a common target of taxpayer advocates, is explored.

Ñ Lisa Baker

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