People of Northwest Public Radio
Wed February 1, 2012
Legislative Budget-Writers Target Middle Managers, Prison
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon legislative budget writers are targeting middle managers in an effort to bring the state's spending plan back into balance. They also announced Wednesday a proposal to close a 440-bed minimum security prison.
The budget rebalance plan came on the first day of a scheduled month-long legislative session. Under the proposal, inmates at the Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem would be transferred to other prisons. The closure would save $1.6 million in the current budget cycle and more than $8 million in the next. Also in the cross-hairs: agency managers that aren’t the front-line workers and also not the top level executives. Peter Buckley is the Democrats' chief budget-writer in the Oregon House.
Peter Buckley: "We'll work with agencies, but we need to reduce mid-level management by $25 million statewide over the next year. We think it's a workable goal."
The budget-balancing plan comes on the heels of two straight drops in projected revenue since the end of last year's legislative session. The proposal may have to be adjusted next week after lawmakers get an updated forecast of state revenues.
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