Gov. Kitzhaber wants better way to pay for schools

Gov. Kitzhaber wants better way to pay for schools

Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon's income tax system is "a crazy way" to pay for schools.

A sales tax or statewide property tax would be better solutions, Kitzhaber says.

Barring those two unlikely solutions, he urged a group of educators and local officials to get behind his plan to rein in public pension costs and raise a bit more revenue.

"The crisis in school funding is no longer just a revenue problem, it's also a cost problem," Kitzhaber said, noting that retirement benefits are eating a bigger and bigger share of the dollars sent to schools.

Read more at OregonLive.com.