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    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      Find the current state budget here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

       

      OR Gov John Kitzhaber

      Gov. John Kitzhaber
      Office of Governor John Kitzhaber
      900 Court Street NE
      Room 254
      Salem, OR 97301-4047
      Phone: (503) 378-3111
      Fax: (503) 378-8970
      http://governor.oregon.gov/

       

      George Naughton, Budget and Management Administrator
      Department of Administrative Services
      155 Cottage Street, NE U10
      Salem, OR 97301-3965
      Phone (503) 378-3106
      Fax: (503) 373-7643
      http://www.bam.das.state.or.us 
      george.m.naughton@das.state.or.us

       

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities.    

       

      Oregon is required to pass a "balanced budget." Section 291.216(2) of the State law requires a budget report to set forth the aggregate figures to show a "balanced relation between the total proposed expenditures and the total anticipated income." Section 291.254 then requires State agencies to reduce their expenditures should probable receipts be less than what was anticipated. Article IX, Sections 2 and 6 of the 1859 Constitution allow a tax, for the ensuing year, to pay for a deficiency from the previous fiscal year. Oregon law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

      The State maintains 21 individual funds. The State does not budget on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis. Budgeted funds include: the General Fund, Federal Funds, Lottery Funds, and Other Funds. We do not know how many funds are included in "Other Funds" and cannot conclude how many are budgeted from information provided by the CAFR. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

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    • Budget Processes and Systems :

    • HEADLINES

      At least 7 states are expected to miss their budget forecasts this year

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | May 9, 2014

      All but seven states are expected to meet or beat budget forecasts by the time this fiscal year is over, according to a survey of state legislative fiscal officers in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

    • HEADLINES

      Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | February 24, 2014

      For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right.

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    • K-12 Education :

    • HEADLINES

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

    • HEADLINES

      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.