If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Issue Brief
April 22, 2004 Download PDF

Oregon’s current spending limit ties spending to what Oregonians can afford

Opponents of public services, claiming that Oregon has a spending problem, seek to impose on the State a new “spending limit” that would undermine state government’s capacity to deliver quality public services.

Oregon has a revenue problem, not a spending problem. The budget cuts of the last few years resulted from the economic downturn and the associated decline in tax receipts. Over the last 20 years, state government spending in Oregon has grown on par with growth in other states and in line with the growth of Oregonians’ income. Read more (PDF).