Tag Archives: State Budget

Oregon counties bracing for major public safety cuts after lawmakers slash funding

Oregon counties are bracing for significant public safety cuts over the next two years after state lawmakers dramatically reduced funding for community corrections. Hit hardest is Multnomah County. The sheriff’s office and the Department of Community Justice are expecting to see $5. 4 million in reductions. This budget cut will require layoffs to parole and […]
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Our view | State should prepare for economic downturn now

Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, should get kudos for a realistic review of the state’s economic future. Smith met with the East Oregonian editorial board last week and said during the wide-ranging interview that the state must prepare for an economic downturn. And an economic downturn is going to happen. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow […]
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Smith worries about saving for a rainy day

The Oregon Legislature passed a balanced budget and funded new programs and projects this year. But Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, is hoping that the next budget cycle will see a better balance of spending and saving. Smith, who met with the East Oregonian’s editorial board on Thursday, said the state needs to prepare for the […]
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Guest column: State’s SAIF raid is an idea that should stay dead

Gustafson Logging Co. recently celebrated 45 years of being in business. Over that time, we’ve seen a lot of things in the logging industry change and evolve. Not the least Source: Guest column: State’s SAIF raid is an idea that should stay dead | Columns | dailyastorian.com

Editorial: Voters to get the final say on big issues

State voters will get the final say on a couple of issues that occupied legislators this session — and it also seems likely that they’ll be called upon to pass judgment on one of the session’s big-deal items. Voters will get to decide whether to increase the state’s tobacco tax to help plug a budget shortfall […]
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Is Oregon Addicted to the Lottery?

Oregonians forked over $12 billion last year on slim chances to win big. Here’s how our state lottery plans to keep feeding that habit. The cashier at Ray’s Food Place in Jacksonville knows the man with the white Fu Manchu ’stache buying scratch-it tickets. Hope Brown comes into the grocery store a couple times a […]
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Oregon’s legislative session has ended

Oregon’s legislative session ended Sunday afternoon. he Oregon State Legislature adjourned Sunday evening after senators considered a flurry of bills in two days. The 160-day session adjourned after sending Gov. Kate Brown a new two-year state budget and dozens of policy priorities. A fuller picture of the two-year budget won’t be made available until July. […]
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Reform the kicker so that it serves the interest of all | Mail Tribune

Ten years ago, Oregon lawmakers were scrambling to fill a massive budget shortfall. The Great Recession had choked our economy, and Oregon’s revenue collections had slowed to a trickle. Teacher layoffs loomed. So too did cuts to services for seniors, foster children, and services that benefit all Oregonians. Lawmakers managed to get enough votes to […]
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Lawmakers call for more resources as wildfire season looms

  With fires burning longer, larger and hotter, lawmakers in vulnerable districts say the state isn’t reacting quickly enough to changing climate. Saturday marked the official start of Oregon’s wildfire season, but without new resources the state is only incrementally more prepared to combat fire this summer than in past years. Source: Pamplin Media Group […]
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Guest column: Five more PERS myths

The recent column by Knute Buehler described five PERS myths. Oregon’s PERS problem dates back to the mid-1970s when America was stuck in years of double-digit inflation. We could not afford to give our employees cost of living raises, so instead we offered excellent retirement benefits. Essentially, Oregon’s public employees loaned employers the money to […]
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