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Making Sense of Spending and Taxes in Oregon

April 15, 2003By Jeff Thompson Download PDF

Executive Summary

Slow economic growth continues to wreak havoc on Oregon’s state budget. Absent new tax revenues, the Legislature will have to make further cuts to many state programs and services in the next budget cycle.

The debate over how best to balance the state budget has been clouded with confusing and misleading information about spending and taxes in Oregon. Contrary to claims made by some, Oregon’s budget crisis was caused by declining revenues, not increased spending.

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Making Sense of Spending and Taxes (PDF), April 15, 2003.

Download just this Executive Summary (PDF).

Related Materials:

Download a copy of the News Release (PDF).

Download the Oregon Summary (PDF) from State Income Tax Burdens on Low-Income Families in 2002, by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), April 11, 2003.

See CBPP's Full Report.

Among its findings, this OCPP analysis of spending and taxes in Oregon shows: