Senator Linthicum: Session will begin with a Budget Bang! – Part I

Oregon’s Legislative Session starts on February 1st and the biggest topic will certainly be the budget. Gov. Kate Brown released a recommended budget last month that has everyone in media gasping for breath because of a $1.7 billion shortfall. The governor is quoted as saying, “The budget includes significant cuts at a level I find absolutely unacceptable…” I agree–the budget proposal is unacceptable.  It is unacceptable because it merely supports the status-quo by presenting ever-growing government, more regulations and increasing taxes as the only reasonable budget expectation. Yet, Oregon is expected to receive $1.5B more revenue this biennium than...

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