Budget: 25% Increase (nearly double other states)

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon


The Oregon Legislature Joint Committee on Ways and Means released their draft budget and it calls for a 2-year budget of spending $billion.

That is a 25.5% increase, very similar to Governor Kotek’s budget of 26% increase.

Based on comparing that budget increase to other states (on their non-Covid impacted budget time), we find that other states are growing around 14%.   That means Oregon plans to grow nearly double what other states are growing.

The budget calls for adding 4,792 government employees, which will add permanent costs to our budget.

The budget calls for spending $600 million more for schools even though enrollment has dropped by 30,000 students.

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