For Immediate Release

April 8, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – Americans for Prosperity-Oregon and Cascade Policy Institute have released a new report, Facing Reality 2013, which calls attention to limited government and pro-growth solutions to current Oregon budget problems.

“The Legislature continues to give citizens the false choice of either failing our children or increasing taxes,” stated Karla Kay Edwards, Oregon State Director of Americans for Prosperity. “Facing Reality clearly demonstrates that Oregon can invest in our children’s education without negatively impacting our slow economic recovery.”

The report is based on a “Reality Based Budgeting” approach, encouraging political leaders to face reality, stop procrastinating, and adopt ideas to lower the cost of government and get the economy going again.

“It’s not too late to refocus Oregon government on its core functions, reduce costs and get out of areas it has no business in, such as the distribution of liquor,” said Steve Buckstein, Founder and Senior Policy Analyst at Cascade Policy Institute.

The report focuses on five public policy areas:

– Privatize Liquor Distribution and Sales

– Reduce Corrections Costs

– Eliminate the PERS Pick-Up

– Align State Employee Compensation with Private Sector Compensation

– Enact Right to Work Legislation

With solutions to controversial topics such as PERS reform, the report authors challenge legislative leaders to take effective steps to recharge the state economy.

“It is time for the Oregon Legislature to ‘Face Reality,’ as Oregonians have had to do, and adopt these non-partisan recommendations,” said Edwards.

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Click here to read the report.

 

2 Responses to “Coalition Releases New ‘Facing Reality’ Budget Report”

  1. Donna Bleiler April 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    I am disappointed in the budget recommendation. The best part is Right to Work Legislation and privatize Liquor Distribution and Sales. Research supports those proposals. I’m not convinced the correctional reduction can be realized. Neither will salary ajustments. No one ever gets a pay reduction. They just freeze their salary or they reclass the position so pay cuts are never given.

    Eliminating the PERS pick-up showed no numbers of how it was calculated. If the numbers were derived my multiplying by total PERS employees, then faulty numbers were used. Many entities have already eliminated the pick-up and are now deducted from employee salaries. When eliminating the pick-up, employees were given the amount of the pick-up so they remained whole. Since the pick-up was orginally given in lue of any pay increases for a biennium, moving the pick-up back to the employee would be challenged unless they were compensated. However, in the long run it would save the state money even if compensated because as salaries increase the 6% becomes a larger amount. But, it won’t give the savings indicated in this budget.

    • Eric Fruits April 23, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      The savings from eliminating the PERS pickup came from Governor Kulongoski’s Reset Cabinet and the Oregonian:

      Oregon Governor’s Reset Cabinet (2010). Report of the Reset Cabinet on labor costs for state and school employees.

      “Reforming PERS would strengthen Oregon” (2010). The Oregonian. August 22.

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