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Oregon's Priorities



It's no secret that Oregon's prison spending has been spiraling out of control. Now comes the latest evidence that Oregon has its priorities backward at a time when it's slashing spending on education, healthcare and other social safety net programs. A report from a national group of state budget officers places Oregon at nearly the top of the list of states that are spending freely on prisons and corrections. According to the report, Oregon spends almost double what most other states do for prisons on a per capita basis. Overall, we came in second in the nation on prison spending as a percentage of our state budget. Contrast this news with another non-partisan report that gave Oregon an F on teacher evaluations. That report found that Oregon was doing little, if anything, to ensure that teachers are being effective in the classroom. So WTF Oregon where are our priorities?

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