Making Every Dollar Count

              

After years of ongoing funding cuts to schools, senior care, public safety, and other critical services, Oregonians urgently believe that legislators should protect the programs that families and small businesses need.

At the same time, Oregonians demand that their tax dollars be spent in the most efficient way possible.

The coalition behind the “Making Every Dollar Count” report has identified nearly $300 million in savings that can be used to limit cuts to schools, senior services, and public safety programs:

Reduce Middle-Management
In 2011, Oregon legislators and the Governor passed a bill requiring agencies to reduce their employee-manager ratio to 11-1 or below. This was done to reduce overstaffing of non-supervisory management positions and redirect funding to direct services that families  need. If agencies continue working toward this goal, it could save as much as $66 million over the next two years.

Cut “Services and Supplies” Budgets
Even while support for education, long-term care for seniors, and other important programs have been cut, the amount agencies budget for “Services and Supplies” has continued to grow. Much of these funds go out the door to private, outside contractors with little to no accountability. By scaling back the Governor’s Proposed Budget for Services and Supplies, we could save $111 million over the next two years. That will free up funds to be spent on priority services, while also requiring more accountability from private contractors.

Improve Collection of Debts from Tax Cheats
The gap between taxes owed to the State of Oregon and what is collected has grown at an alarming rate. Because of a lack of funding for enforcement at the Department of Revenue, tax cheats have gotten away with not paying their fair share. By beefing up enforcement  at DOR and decreasing the gap between what is owed and what is collected by just 0.75% in the next two years, the state would add  $101 million to the general fund to pay for education, health care, human services, and public safety.

For the full report, click here.