NYTimes.com Article: A Prescription Plan Hailed as a Model Is a Budget Casualty

geege geege@barrera.org
Wed, 5 Mar 2003 19:39:11 -0800

cato: offering a special brand of reason

that states should cut spending when the economy is tight (or they should
anticipate a tight economy and develop budgets accordingly) is not an
insightful nor helpful observation. neither is it surprising that it's
offered to end rather than begin dialogue: these are the same folks who
shrug off a ballooning national deficit (mantra of explanation: 9/11, burst
bubble, "slow" recovery, war imperative) and who forget to factor in [the
propensity of social problems to increase] creates [a growing need for
social services], thanks to the same (see "mantra of explanation), and
contributes to the state's dilemma up front.


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> Hit by a harsh recession after a series of tax-cutting
> measures pared the budget to the bone, Oregon, which has no
> statewide sales tax, now lacks enough money for health
> care, schools, prisons and criminal prosecution.

> State Representative
> Jackie Winters, a Republican, said that over the last 20
> years, social services in the state have quadrupled, far in
> excess of population growth.

Revenue in 1990 (mil), 2001 (mil) , % Increase, % adjustment for
inflation and population, Excess revenue over benchmark (mil) , excess /

Oregon $2,786 $5,893 112% 66% $1,280 $945


Oregon real per capita spending from 1990 - 2001 was up 44.9%

Washington, just next door, increased real per capita spending by 5.8%
in the same time frame.

Therefore, the problem was they were spending too much in the first