Oregon budget grows faster than population + inflation


A good test of budget growth versus people’s ability to pay is comparing it against population and inflation combined.   Continue reading

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20 years of the worst scandals, costly mistakes

1996 – $56 million DMV software crash (1)
1999 – $200 million over-time scandal (2)
2000 – $1.4 billion the state neglected to collect (3)
2005 – $524 million hidden school fund uncovered by media (4)
2006 – $40 million in DUI fines un-collected (5)
2008 – $60 million Data Center boondoggle (6)
2009 – $175 million job stimulus flop created 16 shovel ready jobs (7)
2010 – $600 million Emergency-Radio Network colossal money pit – Project cancelled (8)
2011 – $300 million Cover Oregon software crash – Website never used
2013 – $175 million Bridge to Nowhere (10)
2014 – $120 million over-budget on bypass road (11)
2015 – $968 million Energy Tax fund scandal – bankruptcies, forgeries, resignations (12)
2016 – $21 billion PERS deficit reaches new high (13) Continue reading

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35 Years of State Budget Growth


Looking at 35 years of Oregon State Budget Growth shows that Oregon has had a near perfect streak of positive growth except for one budget cycle.

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Oregon adds 17 new government jobs a day


An analysis by the Oregon Employment Department data on job growth shows that Oregon is adding new government jobs at a fast pace.  In 2014, Oregon added 4,600 new government jobs, 5,400 added in 2015 and 5,800 for 2016.  There are some periods where employment slows or declines, but the three year trend is fast and furious hiring.   The fast-paced hiring begs the question on whether this job explosion can be sustained by taxpayers.

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State Employees make double what average workers earn

post-emp-doubleA report from the State Legislative Fiscal Office and the Statesman Journal (3/1/16) compare numbers between state employees and average Oregonians worker salaries including benefits.  The numbers show that State Employees ($89,000) make nearly double what average Oregonians make ($45,893). Continue reading

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Reports to Government Waste hotline up 35%

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins released the annual report on Oregon’s government waste hotline. In 2015, the hotline received 243 initial reports. This continues an upward trend: there were 180 reports in 2014, 154 in 2013, and 145 in 2012. Data prior to 2011 is not comparable due to changes in the reporting system. Nearly half (47%) of 2015’s reports involved state agencies; the other reports involved local government entities. Continue reading

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Oregon: #1 Tax and Spend State in the West

Oregon state & local government spend more per capita in the West and more than 39 other states.   You can compare on the chart below.


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