Published January 25 at seiu503.org
During January, Oregon’s top budget writers released a gut-wrenching budget proposal that laid out what will happen if the state does not raise new revenue. This budget is a call to action: If Oregon does not address our lowest-in-the-nation corporate taxes, we all will suffer.
Here’s a closer look at the potential cuts.
Higher Ed—1.4% cut
The state would reduce general support to community colleges and public universities, as well as spending on specific programs. Cuts would likely result in fewer classes, diminished staff, and higher tuition.
Education K-12—3.6% cut
The state would reduce spending with teacher layoffs, increased class size, limited availability for music or physical education, layoffs including library staff, school nurses, counselors and mental health related staff.
Early, special, career/technical ED—12.4% cut
The state would cut funding to early learning programs, such as Head Start and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Service levels for youth development programs and grant-funded career/technical education programs would drop.
This budget proposal could kick 335,000 Oregonians off their healthcare plans and throw thousands of families into crisis. The end result is higher healthcare costs for everyone.
Department of Human Services—8.7% cut
DHS administers critical programs like child welfare, services for seniors and people with disabilities, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Employment Related Day Care. These cuts would put thousands of at-risk children and adults in harm’s way.
Public Safety—3.1% cut
Natural Resources—2.2% cut
Oregon families pay for 95% of state services, while corporations pay for less than 5%. Lawmakers choose to make harmful cuts instead of addressing the fact that Oregon is 50th in the country in corporate taxes. If corporations paid their fair share, we wouldn’t be making these hard choices. We would be investing in better schools, greater access to health care, and building a better Oregon.
Review the proposal
Search “2017 Co-Chair Document”