Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski vetoed the state’s $6 billion education appropriation for the next two years, saying lawmakers of his own party had appropriated too much from the state’s reserve funds.

Democrats, who control both houses of the Legislative Assembly, planned to spend $5.8 billion on education from current funds and $200 million from the rainy-day fund in the 2009-11 biennium. The governor, also a Democrat, said the state needs to save the reserves in case the economy continues to slow.

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