Economic growth or higher taxes won’t fix the state’s long-term budget deficits unless lawmakers first get major overhead costs under control and demand accountability.
It’s important that we continue to have a serious conversation about controlling runaway state spending.
This week, the legislature passed a new tax on business expected to raise $1 billion a year for schools. To protect the kids in our classrooms, Oregon urgently needs PERS reforms. The time is now. New money alone won’t make our schools better if legislators fail to address the $26 billion PERS debt.
Contact your legislators now. Let them know you want real PERS reforms that protect funding for the kids in our classrooms and other services from cuts caused by rising PERS pension costs. Tell them they shouldn’t go home without it.
Our legislators must learn to live within their budget — just like we do. The state’s current shortfall stems from rapidly rising government spending, not a lack of revenue.
Once our lawmakers bring government costs under control, we can invest our tax dollars on things that matter most. Growing the economy? Check. Better results for our children? Check.