NYTimes.com Article: A Prescription Plan Hailed as a Model Is a Budget Casualty
Wed, 5 Mar 2003 22:07:10 -0800
per capita spending wrt to social services is a meaningless measure without
reference to statutes or analysis of funding:
PARKS AND RECREATION
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Is a Budget Casualty
> 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