Republicans call for reform: state worker’s increases hurting budget



SALEM— House Republicans today renewed calls for reform after legislative budget analysts estimated that personnel costs, including those under the new collective bargaining agreement, will exceed what was originally budgeted for the 2011-13 biennium.  Analysts estimate that compensation costs will increase 7.4 percent rather than the budgeted 6 percent. This will result in a $122 million total funds deficit in the current state budget.

“The cost of these compensation increases are taking money away from education, public safety and human services,” said Rep. Katie Eyre Brewer (R-Hillsboro). “While the Governor deserves credit for working to curb these costs, the bill will be paid by average Oregonians who aren’t receiving pay raises and other benefits that are included in current and past collective bargaining agreements.”

Rep. Eyre Brewer and other House Republicans introduced legislation during the 2011 session to eliminate or reduce the six percent PERS “pick-up” and other measures to reduce escalating costs.  While the Governor successfully negotiated a health care premium contribution from union members, a Republican priority, legislative Democrats did not allow the reforms to pass.

“House Republicans will continue to introduce reforms that will make state government more fiscally sustainable and affordable to Oregon taxpayers,” said House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron (R-Salem).  “This increase in anticipated compensation costs speaks volumes to the need for a long-term approach to budgeting, one that factors in roll-up costs and other impacts of today’s decisions on tomorrow’s budgets.”

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  • Unionboss

    These state workers are hard working people who only want a living wage like the rest of us, but with better benefits and retirement. If they can get it, which they can, why complain?
    Get a state job.
    You’ll be set for life!!

  • Rob DeHarpport

    No surprise, Governor Kitz has sold us down the river once again…

    • guest

      …and Kitz says Cylvia what? I can do what I do peon you!

      Logan says Mom?  Mom recites Obama slogan: “Eight [years] is Enough!” 

      Betty Freuf said –

      Finis with two more Obama slogan parallels…

      “Change” versus “More of the Same”

      “Change in XXX doesn’t start from the top down. It starts from the bottom up.”


  • Ron Marquez

    It’s likely the Oregon House will swing blue after the next election and any reform along these lines will be dead.  If voters take a firm stand against new taxes of any kind and public employee compensation continues to escalate, then obviously services will suffer.

    At some point I have to believe even the blue side of the legislative aisle will realize the issue of rising public employee compensation must be addressed.  I’m 71 and hope I see it in my life time.

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