Statements about State Finances
Jules Bailey "was instrumental in creating the Business Energy Tax Credit that let companies like Wal-Mart profit by $11 million while costing the Oregon general fund $33 million."
Says we will pay the new chancellor "a basic salary of nearly $300,000 a year ... an amount that does not include the costs of this public employee’s benefits, perks and living expenses for a lavish house, an upscale car, a spending allowance, and fine dining almost every day on the taxpayer dollar."
Knopp says he upheld a campaign promise not to join the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).
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 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."
"While 9,000 state employees were added to the state’s payroll, Oregon’s revenue forecasts dropped by more than $4 billion."
Says her accomplishments include "a fiscally responsible budget agreement that controls state spending."
Other states have considered or have sunset advisory commissions; the federal government has the ability, too.
Says credit rating agencies realize that our instability stems in large part from Oregon’s kicker system.
Says "Every time the Legislature 'suspended' the kicker, most recently the corporate kicker in 2007, Salem spent every penny and failed to stabilize the state's revenues."
"The Public Employee Retirement System is making more millionaires than the Oregon state lottery."
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