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.
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.
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In January, Oregon voters overwhelmingly supported temporary funding to maintain Oregon Health Plan coverage for low-income Oregonians. But a permanent funding plan is still needed to protect health care coverage for more than one in four Oregonians.
For more than a decade, the Oregon Business Plan goal has been to make sure at least 95% of Oregonians have health insurance. Thanks to the expansion of Oregon Health Plan eligibility in 2013 to cover more low-income Oregonians, we have nearly reached that goal. Maintaining Oregon’s high rate of coverage is essential for both the health of Oregonians – and Oregon’s economy.