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If Measure 30 fails there will be drastic cuts in human services

A list of the cuts.
During the legislative session, a bipartisan budget package was
passed to ensure funding for programs including health care.
Opponents of this plan circulated petitions to refer
this issue to an election in February.

If Measure 30 fails, the Legislature has outlined the following
likely cuts to health care services:

85,000 Oregonians would lose health care coverage with the
elimination of Oregon Health Plan coverage for OHP-Standard

6,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities would lose
help affording their prescriptions with elimination of the MEDS
(formerly Medically Needy) Program.

Children and adults facing a mental health crisis would lose help
with the elimination of Community Crisis Mental Health services.

Alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities would be reduced.

Tobacco Use Prevention funding would be eliminated.

Children's psychiatric day treatment program (DARTS) would be

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Cuts in services 31.Dec.2003 16:47

are engineered

Cuts in schools and human services are engineered by the politicians who are merely the pawns of the public employees unions. The state budget can be balanced with current revenues but it requires putting an end to double dipping, bloated state salaries and graft. When they talk of "cuts" what they are really talking about is not being able to "Grow" the budget by as great a percentage as they would like. Wake up people! State employees and the politicians who pander to them will never get enough of your money. No amount will ever be enough.

Engineering Ignorance 01.Jan.2004 09:45

$14 an hour wealthy

And no amount of cuts will satisfy the greedy and ignorant.

One in eight Oregonians sought food stamps last year. The people who serve them make less than $30K a year.
Here's one of those bloated salaries and the qualifications (btw, the last budget cuts removed all raises for state employees):

$2430 - $3370 MONTHLY

A Bachelor's degree in a Behavioral Science, Social Science or a closely related field; OR

A Bachelor's degree in any field AND one year of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing); OR

An Associate's degree in a Behavioral Science, Social Science or a closely related field AND two years of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing); OR

Three years of human services related experience (i.e., work providing assistance to individuals and groups with issues such as economically disadvantaged, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, inadequate housing).

Examples of human services related experience include:

Assessing clients' needs for services and helping find resources.

Developing and negotiating case plans.

Communicating with and assessing the needs of individuals with physical and mental disabilities, or of the elderly who have disease issues.

Coordinating service delivery systems (e.g., transportation, housing, medical, etc.).

Acting as an advocate for clients in interactions with other social service entities.

Providing eligibility determination for social or financial services based on income tests.

For more on state employee salaries see:  http://www.dhs.state.or.us/admin/hr/salary/index.htm

This editorial 02.Jan.2004 11:15

from Depoe Bay says it all

The Truth about Oregon Politics

By RICK BEASLEY Editor of The Beacon

According to the Portland Oregonian, the leading foghorn of the state's left-wing, big-government thinkers, anyone who argues against an $800 million income tax hike is a liar, a dupe or, far worse, a child abuser!

Editor Sandy Rowe must think some of her readers recently fell off an urchin boat, and who's to blame her? Once you factor out the bra ads, gossip columns, voluminous "lifestyle" sections, sports, car reports, funny pages and several pounds of worthless inserts, there's precious little reporting to back up the Oregonian's point of view.

Call me a dupe, but I'm one of the people who will vote 'no' on an "income tax surcharge," whatever the heck that is. As far as I can see, there's plenty of money sloshing around state government and public schools. Take a look around: In podunk Lincoln Co., school administrators, about a dozen, are making $100,000 to $140,000 a year. Teachers are asked to do more, for sure, but they're well compensated to the tune of $60,000 plus per year, on average. In fact, the local school district has more money and fewer kids than ever to spend it on --almost $7,500 per student!

Taxpayers have been throwing more money at schools for years. Despite the record amounts being spent on schools, 25 percent of students drop out and only one-third of graduating seniors are, by test standards, ready for college. Clinically, that means the other two-thirds are babbling idiots, incapable of holding their own at frat parties.

For the sake of argument, though, let's agree that schools need even more cash than $5 billion, the current level of funding. The money's out there for $l00,000 salaries and 5-1
class ratios (the standard in Georgetown where politicians send their own kids), but schools have simply lost their grip on the cash cow. Why?

During the flush 90's, Oregon went on a lavish spending spree and expanded entitlement programs -- primarily the Oregon Health Plan -- taking in nearly the entire non-working public, college students, illegal aliens, minimum-wage laborers, professional slackers and even "problem gamblers." The growth of the program, coupled with a steep drop in the rate of tax collections, created an insatiable welfare culture and a powerful lobby behind it that now demands precedence over other funding, including highways, state police and schools.

Instead of asking a dwindling number of working stiffs -- who now pay for their own health insurance and everyone else's -- to cough up another $800 million, schools should get a better lobbyist and go back to the state legislature.

There are plenty of lies flying around on both sides these days, but here's the truth: De- spite all the "news" about a state budget crisis, there is none. There have been no cuts, anywhere. The only "cutbacks" were minor adjustments in outlandish spending projections. Oregon state government and our public schools have more money than ever before.

No on 30 12.Jan.2004 13:09

Will not kill the state

Rep. Jeff Kropf has spent much time analyzing this. Check out the following:

By Hasso Hering
Staff writer

State Rep. Jeff Kropf says the Legislature's tax increase on the ballot is unnecessary, and he has assembled a set of figures to back up his point.

He insists that spending can be reduced by more than the tax hike would bring, without affecting the delivery of state services.

"My belief is, and I can demonstrate," he said last week, "that we can rebalance the budget ... and still take care of the poor, fund education adequately, provide for public safety and take care of elderly folks."

The Republican legislator, whose House Distrust 17 includes Lebanon and much of Linn County, prepared to lay out his case before the Albany Rotary Club Tuesday. The weather caused the club to cancel its lunch, but Kropf went over his points in an interview from his Sublimity home.

Among them:

The state is budgeted to spend $1.7 billion this biennium on information technology, both on computers and software, and Kropf says some of that can be delayed. He assumes the state could spend 30 percent less, saving $510 million.

It's not true, Kropf says, that the state has reduced employment. State workers number 47,220 now, compared with 47,200 two years ago. The state still has about 2,600 funded but vacant positions. Cutting those out would save about $104 million.

At the end of the legislative session last summer, the agencies had $759 million in ending-fund balances. About $60 million of that could be used to backfill the general fund, according to Kropf.

Kropf, who expects to file for re-election shortly to what would be his fourth term, said there's talk that there won't be a special session of the Legislature if voters reject the tax package Feb. 3.

That would leave Gov. Ted Kulongoski to carry out budget cuts, including $544 million of reductions ordered by the Legislature in case its $800 million tax package is repealed.

Kropf said the cuts can be made, considering the $1.7 billion in IT spending, $700 million in cash reserves, vacant positions, $30 million unused in the Oregon Health Plan, and $78 million in the form of a higher revenue forecast.

"One can see that it wouldn't take too much to actually backfill the 800 million dollars that will be lost when the repeal has passed," Kropf said.

In his view, school districts that budgeted based on a

$4.8 billion state school fund, as he believes most in his district did, should have no trouble if the tax package is rejected.

The legislative package includes a temporary income tax boost, but Kropf said voters should realize the package also has other new or higher taxes, including six that would be permanent.

He named them: Reduction in the state medical deduction for seniors, an SUV tax, an extra-territorial corporate income tax, a higher corporate minimum tax, an S-corporation minimum tax, and lower property tax discounts for prompt payment.

"So much for the idea that this is a temporary tax increase," Kropf said.

Ballots for the statewide referendum on the tax plan are due out about two weeks before the Feb. 3 voting deadline.

The entire bill including all details of the tax plan is included in the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet, mailed to all Oregon households last week.