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Oregon Budget – 20% increase in spending isn’t enough says Senate President Courtney

Today’s fiscal insanity award goes to Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, who says “We don’t have enough revenue” even as the Governor proposes spending increases of 20%. That’s right, a 20% increase in one fiscal cycle — and Mr. Courtney says it’s not enough. Can you say “huge tax increases”? How many of Oregon’s citizens got a 20% raise last year? Yet Mr. Courtney says even if you did, it belongs to the state — that and more!

Courtney, a Salem Democrat, said it’s a good thing the Legislature’s work is well under way on all these policy issues; crafting a state budget – and trying to get the tax increases tied to some of the session’s spending promises – remains a daunting challenge.

“I’m scared to death about the budget,” he said. “We don’t have enough revenue today. I don’t know how we’re going to get there.”

He’s working on tax increases when the state already has 20% more to spend than last fiscal cycle. But it’s not enough. How many of the citizens you represent Mr Courtney have enough revenue themselves? Of course, they’re at a disadvantage as they can’t just help themselves to more whenever they want.

Remember this, Mr. Courtney, just a few months ago?

Oregon would spend 20 percent more in the next two years, including a $1.1 billion increase for education and a $700 million jump in health care and human services, under a budget unveiled Monday by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

A 20% increase in spending isn’t enough? We said when Democrats gained control of both houses if they demonstrated fiscal responsibility and holstered some of the uber-left views they could control the state for a long time. So much for fiscal restraint, as that ship has sailed under the stellar leadership of Mr. Courtney.

We never thought we’d have to state the obvious, but a 20% increase in spending should be enough to satisfy even the most diehard tax-and-spend person. But not Mr. Courtney, as under his leadership Oregon Democrats are back to tax and spend, and spend and spend. Irresponsible doesn’t begin to explain his actions — carefree, reckless, harebrained, rash, untrustworthy, unethical, disgraceful and absurd only scratch the surface of his wanton disregard for fiscal responsibility as he leads the state toward disaster.

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1 Comment

  1. cslicer says:

    Keep up the good work. Dont let the spenders have a inch as this turns into a mile. A woman from West Hartfordd Conn writes about her town government out of control. She wrote her town has had a 300% tax increase in the last 10 years.

    Carl Slicer, cslicer, Blog Editor, http://www.VernonGop.com, ” Fiscal Responsibility must be taught”.

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