Tag Archives: State Budget

David Sarasohn: The struggles to pay for Oregon

It took 10 years of legislative effort, Mark Hass points out, to get Oregon to a policy of full-day kindergarten. So, the Beaverton state senator insists, to have another legislative session slip by without revenue reform is no cause for despair. Still, it’s not exactly encouraging. Source: David Sarasohn: The struggles to pay for Oregon […]
Read More »

My View: Alaska’s pension woes sound familiar

A local news segment about state budget problems droned out of the radio last week as we passed a sign that read, “0 Moose Killed On This Highway Since July 1.” “Another year, another budget deficit,” my friend said as he kept an eye on the road to avoid changing the number on the moose […]
Read More »

Could nonprofits replace cut services?

Tight state budgets encourage legislators to look around for other ways to ensure the provision of public services. Source: Pamplin Media Group – My View: Could nonprofits replace cut services?

Editorial: Sign the petition to put taxes on the ballot

Among the budget-balancing efforts approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature and signed by the governor is House Bill 2391, which raises some $605 million to keep the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) whole while balancing the state budget. Source: Editorial: Sign the petition to put taxes on the ballot;

Guest column: Expanding OSU-Cascades is ‘irrational’

Several recent articles about state bonding for Oregon State University-Cascades missed critical elements of the larger story. Believe it or not, OSU-Cascades fared better than many of us anticipated — especially given the $1.6 billion gap in revenues we faced at the beginning of the 2017 legislative session. Source: Guest column: Expanding OSU-Cascades is ‘irrational’;

‘Punting’ and moving: Legislators talk 2017 session

A turbulent session for the Oregon Legislature wrapped up July 7, resulting in a new transportation package as well as a flurry of bills — some successful, some not — from policymakers representing Hood River. Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Rep. Mark Johnson talked to the Hood River News this week, reflecting on the 2017 legislative […]
Read More »

My View: Could nonprofits replace cut services?

Oregon has close to 20,000 registered nonprofits, which make significant contributions to the economic, social, and environmental future of the state. They provide crucial public services in a wide range of areas: direct service or care to our most needy residents, protection of animals and the environment, and employment for around 200,000 Oregonians. Source: Pamplin […]
Read More »

Oregon legislature adjourns, passes key UO funding and bills

The state legislative session that adjourned July 7 was, by many measures, a difficult session for lawmakers, who were faced with a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion and major initiatives to negotiate, including a multibillion-dollar transportation package and a Medicaid package to ensure thousands of Oregonians are able to stay on the Oregon […]
Read More »

Youth prison to close in new state budget

County hopes site becomes new jail. Clatsop County will lose the North Coast Youth Correctional Facility but could gain a new county jail. The Warrenton facility was not in the state’s two-year budget adopted last week. Source: Youth prison to close in new state budget – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Two men enter, one tax plan leave – Editorials

This is how to put Oregon schools and state government on a path to stable, sustainable funding: Stick Ontario Republican Cliff Bentz and Beaverton Democrat Mark Hass in a room and give them the task of developing a fair tax plan for the state. That is the idea of Oregon House Republican Leader Mike McLane, […]
Read More »