Oregon Transformation Project: Oregon budget answers begin here!

An opportunity to transform Oregon’s budget
By Oregon Transformation Project

A 10.6 percent unemployment rate, a state budget that has grown 49 percent in the past four years, a staggering high school dropout rate, lagging per capita income, only two Fortune 500 companies and a growing reputation for being anti-business. What more could go wrong for Oregon? According to revenue forecasts for the next state budget cycles, plenty. In the face of plummeting revenues and skyrocketing costs, and recognizing the dim prospects for a quick economic turnaround, the Oregon Transformation Project was created to help all Oregonians face these daunting problems squarely.

Co-chaired by Allen Alley and Rep. Dennis Richardson, Oregon Transformation is a joint project of the House and Senate Republican Caucuses. On Wednesday, Sept. 29, Alley and Richardson announced the opening of the project’s new website, www.oregontransformation.com. On the site, all Oregonians can now access budget information about every agency of state government in a concise, easy-to-use format.

The site is designed to inform and educate and to invite research and discussion on the state’s budget problems. With a simple click, users can offer their solutions to cut spending and streamline costs.

“The numbers are daunting, and the outlook may seem discouraging, but we’ve got to get Oregon’s spending under control,” said Alley, “and we will get it done with everyone’s participation. People inside government, office managers, teachers, highway workers, business owners, these are the people with the solutions because they are the ones who have seen the problems firsthand.”

Legislators are already using the site to create Budget Reduction Opportunity documents (BROs), formal, researched spending cuts and budget solutions, which will be compiled and presented to legislators and to both candidates for governor.

“In the heat of the campaign cycle, most campaigns are focused on key issues, on debates and speaking appearances. But on November 3, it will be time for real data-driven solutions,” said Richardson. “It will be time to present a balanced budget. This project and this website were created to help that process get a significant jump start, with concrete suggestions for balancing the budget.”

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  • Britt Storkson

    This is a joke in the sense that the politicians know exactly where the waste and fraud is in the budget but refuse to cut it.

    So now they come up with this dog-and-pony show to try and make us think that we, the citizens actually have some input into the budget decisions.

    We sent the politicians to Salem to make reasonable decisions for us. They spent our money like drunken sailors (an insult to drunken sailors) and they try and make think this train wreck is all our fault.

    To that I say: Whoever is currently in office THROW THEM OUT. We need to start over.

    • Rob DeHarpport

      Earth to Britt,
      Dennis Richardson and Allen Alley are definately NOT two of the drunken sailors that you speak of. They have both been “sounding the alarms” for quite some time now. Please become informed at least a little bit before engaging your keyboard.
      I suggest you google both of these true leaders to find out what they’ve been saying. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath-water! Listen & learn from their records….

      • Britt Storkson

        Rob, The politicians know where many millions of dollars of waste and fraud are in government. Then why don’t they get rid of it?

        One (of many) example: End public-private partnerships. These cost our state hundreds of millions of dollars with no benefit to the taxpayers. They are also clearly unconstitutional.

        Alley and Richard both know this. Then why don’t they propose this? Because they take money (campaign contributions) from people who benefit greatly from these public-private partnerships at taxpayer expense.

        Then they try and imply that budget shortfalls are our (the taxpayers) fault. We’re demanding too much. That simply is not the case.

  • Colorblind Justice

    Couldn’t agree more, Britt. We’ve been down this road too many times already, with how many positive results with the donated money?
    Sill waiting to hear the good news about the first victory, as Salem keeps going over the cliff with every biennium. http://www.youtube.com/GregKord4TeaPartyGov …there are options.

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