Legislative Budget Boosts K-12, Angers Unions


There are a couple of key takeaways from a quick skim of the budget that the co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee released today. 1. There's slightly more money for K-12 education, the biggest single line item in the budget, than there was in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget, released last November. Kitzhaber proposed $6.15 billion, plus $253 million in pension savings. The ...   More
Monday, March 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Civilian Oversight, Minorities and Crime Solving: Excerpts from the Police Bureau Budget


If you're like 60 percent of Portlanders, you feel safe walking in your neighborhood at night. And if you're like 87 percent of Portland cops, you're white.Those are two of the more interesting statistics to come out of the proposed police bureau budget released by the City of Portland this week.We'll have a piece in tomorrow's WW with a look at proposed new spending by the Police Bureau as well as ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Five-Year Budget Forecast Expected Next Week

City officials will present Portland's five-year general fund forecast to City Council members next week. Until then, Mayor Sam Adams' budget memo [PDF] from November offers a close look at the city's current financial health. That memo notes: Most city bureaus will be expected to make cuts in the range of .75 to 1.5 percent in the 2011-12 budget. Bureaus won't be allowed to add new ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Booze News You Can Use

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has extended its "temporary" 50 cent surcharge on each bottle of distilled spirits. The surcharge was supposed to end June 30. But thanks to a unanimous commission vote this week, the surcharge will now be in effect until at least June 30, 2011. The reasons for extending the surcharge two more years? To generate an estimated $27 million over that time period ...   More
Friday, June 5, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

City Hall: Mayor Releases Budget Memo, Calls For Immediate Cuts

Mayor Sam Adams today released his budget memo [PDF] about the need for further cuts to this year's budget and the next. The news Tuesday comes a day later than expected. The mayor's memo to his City Council colleagues singled out the Portland Police Bureau, already battered by recent events, as having overspent its budget by "up to $5 million" but offered no explanation for how that happened ...   More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Cogen Gives Birth to his First County Budget

New Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen this morning presented his proposed 2010-2011 budget to the board of commissioners, who will now spend a few weeks wrangling with department heads before passing a final spending plan next month. It was the 10th straight year of budget cuts in Multnomah County, due mainly to declining state revenues that pass through the county and Oregon's screwed-up property ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Two Quickie Thoughts on Today's Bad State Budget News. Anybody Have a Third Thought?

The news that Oregon's state budget has sprung another $500 million-plus leak leads to two insta-thoughts — and my request for help from readers for your third quickie takeaway from the bleeding budget. Here are my two thoughts: 1) The lousy budget makes today's overview in the New York Times about some of the dramatic changes (cutting the number of counties?) that other budget-strapped ...   More
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 HANK STERN

Senate Republicans Seek Special Session to Address Budget Disaster

Just a guess. But the call that Oregon's Senate Republicans made today for a special legislative session to deal with the $563 million budget shortfall announced yesterday could give all GOPers a chance to pound on the Democratic majority in both chambers for passing what now appears to have been an overly optimistic budget last year. Here's a statement from the Senate minority office: Salem, ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Public Schools on State Budget Woes: Substantial Staffing Reductions Are Likely

This week's news that there's another big hole topping a half-billion dollars in Oregon's state budget has landed hard on Portland Public Schools. This afternoon, school board member David Wynde — chair of the board's finance, audit and operations committee — estimated in a letter to PPS families that the impact to the school district will be $19 million, the equivalent of 200-plus teaching ...   More
Thursday, May 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Governor: Oregon's Lousy Economic Forecast to Worsen

Gov. Ted Kulongoski said today that the quarterly economic forecast to be released next week for Oregon is expected to show a further decline in revenues of another $200 million to $500 million. That lousy news from Kulongoski comes on top of the $577 million state budget shortfall that sprung up in the spring. And it ensures that the state's hemorrhaging budget will remain front and center ...   More
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 HANK STERN


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