Ted Kulongoski
Gov. Ted Kulongoski's
Oregon faces a crossroads decision in 2011. If we choose to stay the course and attempt to sustain current services with current practices, we will continue to stumble through the decade of deficits. In that scenario, lawmakers and voters will find themselves again and again between the rock and the hard place of cutting services or raising taxes. But, if we are able to restructure services and control costs to better meet our responsibilities, we could chart a path to a decade of stability. Achieving this stability will require hard choices, but it need not be all pain and no gain. A more stable fiscal future will create an environment in which we can shift resources to new investments – investments that would not otherwise be feasible during another decade of deficits – to better meet the long-term needs of our citizens and build a more prosperous Oregon.