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    • Headlines

      Pace of pension reform ebbs after 49 states change laws

      Hazel Bradford | by Pensions & Investments | April 15, 2014

      While the sense of urgency has diminished, reform attempts have become a legislative staple, as public retirement systems continue to grapple with unfunded liabilities and political pressure to change.

    • Headlines

      State government dependence on federal funding growing at alarming rate

      The Washington Examiner | by David Freddoso | April 15, 2014

      This trend of increased state dependency on Washington reduces state and local control, while threatening the states' long-run autonomy.

    • Headlines

      Rich States, Poor States

      ALEC | by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams | April 15, 2014

      Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster economy.

    • Headlines

      Rebounding economy fills state coffers with record tax revenues

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | April 10, 2014

      State governments collected more than $846 billion in tax revenue in the last fiscal year, the highest amount ever reported, as a rebounding economy boosted coffers hit hard by the recession.

    • Headlines

      Pew's latest pension report understates unfunded liabilities, but still shows growing pension problem

      by Cory Eucalitto | April 4, 2014

      While Pew's report relies directly on state-reported numbers that understate the size of unfunded liabilities, it nonetheless shows tremendous growth in unfunded liabilities since 2008.

    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.



      OR Gov John Kitzhaber

      Gov. John Kitzhaber
      Office of Governor John Kitzhaber
      900 Court Street NE
      Room 254
      Salem, OR 97301-4047
      Phone: (503) 378-3111
      Fax: (503) 378-8970


      George Naughton, Budget and Management Administrator
      Department of Administrative Services
      155 Cottage Street, NE U10
      Salem, OR 97301-3965
      Phone (503) 378-3106
      Fax: (503) 373-7643



      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities.    


      Oregon is required to pass a "balanced budget." Section 291.216(2) of the State law requires a budget report to set forth the aggregate figures to show a "balanced relation between the total proposed expenditures and the total anticipated income." Section 291.254 then requires State agencies to reduce their expenditures should probable receipts be less than what was anticipated. Article IX, Sections 2 and 6 of the 1859 Constitution allow a tax, for the ensuing year, to pay for a deficiency from the previous fiscal year. Oregon law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

      The State maintains 21 individual funds. The State does not budget on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis. Budgeted funds include: the General Fund, Federal Funds, Lottery Funds, and Other Funds. We do not know how many funds are included in "Other Funds" and cannot conclude how many are budgeted from information provided by the CAFR. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.

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      Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | February 24, 2014

      For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right.

    • HEADLINES: Oregon

      'Grand bargain' falls 1 vote short; blame game commences thereafter

      The Statesman Journal | July 3, 2013

      Not only did a "grand bargain" of tax increases and public-pension cuts crash Tuesday in the Oregon Senate, so did lawmakers' hopes for a quick end to their 2013 session today.

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    • K-12 Education :


      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.


      Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

      There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.