Tag Archives: State Budget

Editorial: Difficult decisions await legislators on education issues

Oregon legislators are in quandary — their table is filled with a projected $1.6 billion deficit despite record revenues, and they face the stiff challenge of crafting a balanced budget that also meets demands from voter-approved measures from last November’s general election. Three statewide measures approved by voters with overwhelming margins carry a collectively hefty […]
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Fires, low timber revenues plague Forestry Department

The agency’s state forest program, as of late January, spent more than it realized in revenue during the ongoing two-year budget period. Harsh fire seasons and lower than expected revenues from timber harvests have and may continue to put state forests in a tough financial spot, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Source: Oregon […]
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Work with taxes we have; don’t create new ones | Guest Opinion

The Oregon Legislature is gearing up to propose a large tax increase in order to avoid steep cuts in spending. And waiting in the wings is the lobbying arm of the public employees’ unions, A Better Oregon, which is preparing an initiative petition for next year’s ballot should it deem the Legislature’s tax increase inadequate. […]
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Major Businesses Line Up Against Tax Being Considered By Oregon Lawmakers

A coalition of Oregon’s mainstream business groups is opposing a legislative plan to create a new tax on corporations. The business opposition complicates the task of reaching a budget-and-tax deal to close the state’s $1.6 billion shortfall. Source: Major Businesses Line Up Against Tax Being Considered By Oregon Lawmakers | Jefferson Public Radio

Legislative update: Sen. Kruse discusses how he’d balance budget

With the deadline passed for bills to receive committee approval or die, a list of the Republican bills that wound up on the cutting room floor filled 12 pages, according to Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg. Now, Senate committees begin the work of considering bills passed by the House, while House committees begin considering bills that […]
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Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing

OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes fills us in on the budget negotiations going on in Salem as lawmakers try to figure out how to find common ground on the best way to close a $1.6 billion budget gap. We get two perspectives on putting a price on carbon, and the broad effects of energy policy […]
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Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing | ‘Good Hair’ . Radio

OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes fills us in on the budget negotiations going on in Salem as lawmakers try to figure out how to find common ground on the best way to close a $1.6 billion budget gap. Source: Oregon Budget Negotiations | Environmental Justice And Carbon Pricing | ‘Good Hair’ . Radio | […]
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Editorial: State needs to control costs before adding new spending

Our spending growth rate may be unsustainable This seems like a no-brainer: The state Legislature should examine the worth of current programs before starting new ones. That’s an idea put forth last week by several legislators. Source: Editorial: State needs to control costs before adding new spending – Editorials – The Daily Astorian

Eastern athletes take front row seat

Mountaineers testify during state budget hearing During public testimony heard last week by the Education Subcommittee of the Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means, student-athletes from Eastern Oregon University took over the front row to send the Legislature a message — Sports Lottery funding should be renewed in the higher education budget. Source: Eastern […]
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Oregon budget writers unveil PERS reforms, other cutbacks

The state’s top budget committee unveiled a wide-ranging set of proposals Friday to cut state spending, from a temporary hiring freeze to requiring public employees to pay a larger share of their pension contributions. They called for an end to budgetary tricks that allow lawmakers to start programs or award raises that the state can’t […]
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