Friday, November 19, 2010

Oregon now faces a $5.1 billion shortfall going into the 2011 legislative session

Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson's newsletter;

Spending freezes and across-the-board cuts will not fill a $5 billion hole. The state simply cannot resolve a $5 billion shortfall without major structural reforms in both what services are provided and how they are provided.

I find it incredible during a recession that government in Oregon has added 4,300 public employee jobs during a period those not working for government have lost 154,000 jobs. Who pays the bills ! I guess some are tightening their belts more than others.