There’s a Better Way Through this Crisis.
During these tough economic times, we need to do everything we can to protect the middle class.
But the proposed state budget in Salem will close schools and eliminate school days, reduce in-home care and skilled nursing for 30,000 seniors, and slash funding for youth corrections by 25%. Despite these cuts, some legislators want to hold on to more than $440 million that could be used to limit the impact.
Click here to see individual stories from around the state about what budget cuts will mean.
Click through the map to see the challenges that Oregon’s communities are already facing, and what is at stake for middle-class families in this budget crisis.
What’s at Stake for Your County?
There’s a better way forward.
|Better Way||Would Save...||Would Protect...|
|Reduce middle-management positions in state agencies||$71 million||Assisted living for more than 20,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities|
|Make state agencies more efficient, like buying prescription drugs through the state purchasing pool||$28.4 million||200 beds at Oregon Youth Authority correctional facilities|
|Crack down on tax evaders by increasing enforcement at the Dept. of Revenue||$122 million||Skilled nursing care to 6,000 seniors and people with disabilities|
|Reduce tax breaks for big corporations||$50 million||500 teaching jobs|
|Use all of the $194 million in the Education Stability Fund to protect schools now||$194 million||More than 2,000 teaching jobs|
|Cut contracts with outside vendors for services and supplies by 10% (the current budget only calls for a 5% cut)||$53 million||Mental health care for nearly 10,000 children and adults|
|Make a 15% reduction in tax breaks for those who bring in more than $200,000 a year||$500 million||Health care for the 600,000 people on the Oregon Health Plan|