Statements about State Budget
Says, "The Democrats' proposed budget is also balanced by using more in new tax revenue than in total PERS reform or savings."
Says, "I-205, six miles of which runs through my district, already carries more traffic than I-5."
Says if Oregon had limited its budget growth to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation, the state’s all-funds budget would be about $27 billion today, not $60 billion.
Knopp says he upheld a campaign promise not to join the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).
Says "If Oregon’s Legislature simply authorizes $450 million for the CRC, it will … leave Oregon holding the bag for a great deal more cost responsibility."
Says, "Statistics indicate that one in eight children, and one in 18 adults in Oregon suffers from mental illness."
"It costs $10,000 a year to keep a child in school; it costs $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison."
Says the Nike bill "is not a tax break ... this does not lower the taxes that Nike will pay nor does it prevent the Legislature from raising those taxes in the future."
Says that "the state spends more money on tax giveaways than it receives in tax collection."
Says the state is required "pick up 70 percent of the cost" of K-12 education.
Says "as Co-Chair of the Joint Ways & Means Committee, I secured the key piece of funding for" the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project bridge."
Says "About 7 in 10 of Oregon’s inmates are in prison for violent crimes and serious sex offenses."
Says "while state leaders have cut funding for our schools and other basic priorities, the amount of money the state is projected to give away through tax breaks increased by a whopping $3.4 billion."
Says, "Yet in Salem they have traditionally waited until the money is almost gone to pay for the most important things in our state’s budget."
"Did you know Wisconsin's AFSCME union has lost 50%+ of its members since no longer requiring membership?"
Says 97 cents of every dollar played "represents over $500 million dollars that is returned to Oregonians every year to help support job creation, schools, state parks and watersheds."
Say "this biennium, liquor sales account for nearly $1 billion in the state budget."
Says "at the state level we're spending more on tax expenditures than we are on public safety, health care and education combined."
Says "for the duration of this recession not a single person in government middle management has lost (a) job or taken a pay cut."
"While 9,000 state employees were added to the state’s payroll, Oregon’s revenue forecasts dropped by more than $4 billion."
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