Despite record tax revenues, Oregon faces a $1.6 billion gap between projected spending and revenue in the upcoming 2017-19 state budget. Lawmakers have until July to figure out how to bridge that gap.
Well, for starters, most Oregonians think that they way to bridge that "gap" is to stop spending so darned much money - which is of course anathema to Democratics around here.
Most Oregonians would prefer that state lawmakers close a $1.6 billion budget gap by decreasing spending rather than increasing taxes, according to a new poll released Monday by the Oregon School Boards Association.
Of course, the OSBA poll also asked respondents about maybe increasing taxes on "big businesses", this time on the income side rather than the gross revenue side; that latter got smacked down hard in the last election. Even my in-laws voted that latter sucker down. Written by public employee unions and pushed hard by Democrat carpetbaggers like Kate Brown, Tina Kotek, and Peter Courtney, people nonetheless recognized that the tax on "big business" gross revenue would have cost every actual Oregonian $600 a year in higher prices for goods and services.
OSBA's head recognizes that that was more than residents were willing to go for, so he's proposing an increased business tax on revenue instead - It's For The Children™, as always:
“The time to act is now, this biennium,” he said. “Our kids have waited too long.”
In Oregon, state tax revenues have risen at a rate that's 46% higher than the national average, yet the Democratics still have a $1.6 billion "budget" gap. That alone should tell you just how spend-happy Democratics here are. There's just never enough money for them to spend.
Like other Oregon government budgets, school district budgets are rising due in large measure to personnel costs, including annual pay increases and rising health care and retirement costs.
These people have no clue about what the term "budget" means; for them, it means "spend all the money we have been allocated, so that we can get more money next year".