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Oregon Could Close Budget Gap Without New Taxes, Secretary of State Says

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson claims that if all government agencies in the state joined a single eProcurement system, the savings would be enough to close the gap in Oregon's 2019-21 budget.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 10:45 AM

SALEM, Ore. — With a few administrative changes in government, the state of Oregon could save enough money to close the coming budget gap without raising taxes, according to a statement from Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. At present, that gap is estimated at $623 million.

According to an audit produced by the Secretary of State's office, if all government agencies moved to a single "eProcurement system" like OregonBuys, the resulting savings would run between $400 million and $1.6 billion.

"I’m pleased that my office will be the first agency in the state to begin using OregonBuys in a few months. Governor Brown wants to expand this to all agencies, and I will partner with her in any way I can to move this forward," Richardson said.

The savings that the audit identified springs from a gap between current procurement systems that many agencies use and the available technology.

"Oregon has the potential for massive savings by utilizing modern technology instead of relying on outdated procurement systems and practices dating back to the 1990s," Richardson said.

Putting a finer point on the issue, Richardson says that the audit identified "hundreds of situations" over the past several years in which Oregon state agencies paid more for items that other agencies were able to buy for much cheaper.

A new, modern, standardized procurement system would help agencies easily identify savings and cut down on waste, the audit found.

"This audit shows one of many ways Oregon can balance future budgets through efficiency and better prioritization instead of new taxes. Take a moment to appreciate the tremendous magnitude of estimated savings between $400 million and $1.6 billion. That equals between $96.55 and $382.21 per person for every Oregonian. This audit is a budget game changer," Richardson said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 40443

Reported Deaths: 635
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Multnomah8743155
Marion5590106
Washington546973
Umatilla329543
Clackamas299065
Lane221226
Malheur186634
Jackson15556
Deschutes107413
Yamhill95615
Linn76414
Polk63915
Jefferson5979
Morrow5426
Lincoln50913
Union4582
Benton4186
Klamath4013
Wasco33515
Douglas3314
Hood River2721
Josephine2583
Columbia2491
Clatsop2340
Coos2290
Baker1132
Crook872
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Curry561
Wallowa402
Lake340
Sherman180
Harney170
Gilliam110
Grant100
Wheeler10
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Confirmed Cases: 886939

Reported Deaths: 17167
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Los Angeles2904866944
Riverside650561275
San Bernardino609451065
Orange576351423
San Diego53263863
Kern33551413
Fresno30220430
Sacramento24811474
Santa Clara23591382
Alameda22932435
San Joaquin21436484
Contra Costa18273238
Stanislaus17403394
Tulare17317279
Ventura13930160
Imperial12610336
San Francisco11969137
Monterey1115884
San Mateo10918157
Santa Barbara9671119
Merced9386153
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano720574
Marin7036127
Madera492873
San Luis Obispo408032
Placer402355
Yolo309958
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272524
Napa190814
Sutter182112
Shasta178629
San Benito141114
El Dorado13024
Yuba128010
Mendocino111121
Tehama7938
Lassen7611
Lake67815
Glenn6473
Nevada5988
Humboldt5609
Colusa5486
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2574
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1860
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas610
Modoc270
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
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