SAN FRANCISCO - Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski yesterday ordered departments to cut spending by almost 5% for the remainder of the 2007-2009 biennium after the state economist said tax collections are coming in much weaker than expected.

The general fund revenue forecast for the 2007-2009 biennium was cut by $165.9 million to $12.7 billion, state economist Tom Potiowsky said in a quarterly forecast yesterday. He blamed the shortfall on unexpected weakness in personal income tax collections.

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