Oregon Pension Crisis National News, Kate Brown Ignores

Wilsonville, OR – Oregon’s state pension crisis is now making national news, with the New York Times this weekend writing about Oregon’s out of control pension system and the lavish benefits draining money from our children’s futures.  While Oregon taxpayers pay more each year in massive pension costs, basic services are being underfunded and crowded out.

PLACEHOLDER IMAGE The New York Times explains:

“Oregon now has fewer police officers than in 1970, is losing foster-care workers at an alarming rate and has allowed earthquake and tsunami preparations to lapse. A 2016 survey turned up ‘a large number of bridges with critical and near-critical conditions’ because of ‘longstanding inadequate funding.’”

“…Oregon’s unusual method for calculating pensions tends to generate lavish payouts.”

“Kate Brown has refused to make reforming PERS a priority, betraying Oregonians time and time again.  Oregon needs a governor who is committed to solving this problem, not a governor who spends her time focused on hiking taxes to make herself a national left-wing celebrity and collecting fat campaign contributions for it,” stated Oregon Republican Chairman Bill Currier.

“Governor Brown is now not only the most anti-small business Governor in Oregon history, her dangerous negligence in addressing Oregon’s massive PERS crisis threatens to devour our state and local government finances, leaving the many vital public services it funds in shambles,” said Chair Currier.

“Oregonians deserve better than a negligent, bungling, tax-hiking, radical George Soros-funded Governor who blows off Oregon’s big problems so she can hand Oregon taxpayers the bill after the election,” added Currier.

“It's time to dump shallow politician Kate Brown and get a real Governor this November.”

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Monday 04/16/18 – 5:00 PM PT
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