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Coronavirus is bad news for Oregon’s state budget ‘on every front’

Gov. Kate Brown and Nik Blosser, her chief of staff, listen in during a phone call with Vice President Mike Pence and other governors on Monday, April 20. Brown last week told a business group that state agency revenues are cratering due to COVID. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Revenue wise, the Oregon Lottery has fallen off a cliff.

Video poker is bust until bars and other outlets reopen. Its new sports betting app has little for customers to wager on. And draw games are so weak that the multi-state Powerball and Mega Millions commissions lowered jackpots to assure ongoing solvency.

The upshot: The agency expects transfers to the state will decline by 20% to 40%, or $250 million to $500 million below forecasted levels, depending on the length of the coronavirus downturn . . .