Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown recently released her new budget for the next two years. In summary, her plan calls for:
- Increasing taxes on alcohol, tobacco, hospitals, insurers and some corporation owners.
- Making deep cuts to other programs and holding back money sought by social services and universities.
- Protecting funding for K-12 education.
As I said during the campaign, and I will say again, the problem with Oregon’s fiscal problems does not sit on the revenue side of the ledger. At last count the Oregon Treasury Department received record levels of revenue, yet the governor believes that increasing taxes is still an acceptable solution. We just saw Ballot Measure 97 go down in defeat. The clear message from Oregonians is they do not believe raising their taxes is the answer to Oregon’s fiscal problems.
Suppose for example, Nike reported they sold a record amount of shoes and apparel for 2016, yet the company lost $1.4 billion. Would you think they needed to sell more shoes or that they should raise their clothing prices? No. Any first year business student would point to their cost structure as being the problem. Budget cuts would be made immediately to get back to a state of sustainability.
In Oregon it is time for a new approach. It is time for a new direction. It is time to do what each of us does when our spending outpace our wallets — cut our expenses. This is never fun. This is never easy. However, I am not going to Salem for fun or for a good time. I am going to Salem to do the best thing for all the people in House District 56 which is to bring common sense and transparency back to government by limiting its size and scope. Only then will Oregon lead in innovation, education, employment and income. One of my goals for the upcoming legislative session is to pass a budget that encourages prosperity for all, not just prosperity for those well connected to the Governor.
We the people. Your LIBERTY First.