Over the coming months, we’ll all hear a lot of talk about Oregon’s budget crisis.
We’re facing a $3.5 billion deficit in funding for schools, senior services, healthcare and public safety, which will mean deep cuts to critical services that affect every Oregonian. The people who rely on critical services—seniors, children, working families—are most at risk in this crisis, and so are the men and women who provide those services.
In order to protect the things we care about as Oregonians, we will need to set the right priorities.
We’ve launched a new resource, OregonBudgetPriorities.org, as the first step in making sure Oregon’s priorities are protected. Do you know what services are on the chopping block? How these cuts will affect your family, your school, or your community?
You can search by topic area to find out what could be cut, and also explore some of the more than $30 billion Oregon gives away in tax breaks every year. We’ve also calculated many of the job losses that budget cuts will bring, as well as the hundreds of millions in Federal funds we stand to lose. Check out OregonBudgetPriorities.org.
What are your priorities for the Oregon budget? We want to hear and feature your stories about how these budget cuts could affect you. Visit http://www.oregonbudgetpriorities.org/your-stories.html to share your story with us.