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Tax credit extension clears Oregon Senate

The Senate has sent Gov. Kate Brown a bill extending some tax credits for six more years.

The credits benefit film and television producers, lower-income workers and other groups.

The bill passed without discussion and near unanimous support on Monday after House and Senate Democrats resolved an impasse that had held up the bill for weeks.

House Democrats dropped an attempt to offset the tax credits with tax increases on cigars and certain individual taxpayers. They also dropped a push to extend the earned-income tax credit to cover more people.

The bill merges existing tax credits into the Working Family Child and Dependent Care tax credit, which can be claimed by low-income working families to offset child care expenses. A tax credit for film producers also will remain in effect.

But lawmakers opted to provide an early end to a tax credit for people who buy long-term care insurance.

The Oregon Legislature is pressing to adjourn, perhaps as soon as Monday.

— Associated Press