Toward More Transparent Oregon Government Budgets

Ralph Nader and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist jointly signed a letter last July asking governors to bring more openness “to governmental expenditures.” As a start, this means putting detailed, easy to understand, easily searchable budgets online. Numerous state governments have embarked down this path. Local governments, including school districts, should follow suit. How transparent is Oregon government? Look online. Then, start contacting your elected representatives and request more openness in Oregon government.

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  • Jerry

    Don’t count on any openness from this administration. These dishonest buffoons have no desire whatsoever to make public the wanton waste in the Oregon state budget.
    None whatsoever.

  • Steve Plunk

    The AICPA (accountants) should get behind this and simplify governmental accounting making it usable to the layman. As it stands today the system doesn’t work for anyone but accounting professionals. The first and most fundamental flaw is the idea that budgets are what counts. They do not. Look at the certified annual financial reports (CAFR’s) to find what was actually spent and you will see large variances from budgeted amounts. There is where the answers are.

    The CAFRs lack the necessary detail for a true understanding of what is going on as they are presented today so we must expect more detail in those reports as well. This is all doable if pressure is applied to get it done. Government does not want this change. Not because of more work but because it will peel back a layer of protection they now enjoy. Knowledge given to the citizens weakens them.

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