Oregon Revenue Forecast
On Wednesday, the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) presented their revenue forecast. The revenue forecast is used by Legislators to determine how they may need to adjust spending patterns or budgetary decisions made from the most recent Legislative session.
Today's Revenue forecast shows overall growth in General Fund revenue available since the close of session (COS). This gives Legislators an idea of funds that may be available for other programs, other investments and other budget changes that may occur in the February session.
Read the presentation made during today's hearing: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015I1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/81835
Read the full revenue forecast report:
Read the Legislative Revenue summary of the forecast:
During today's Revenue hearing, there was also a presentation from Legislative Revenue Office on potential options for restructuring Oregon's tax system. This report was due by LRO based on actions taken during the 2015 session. Legislative Revenue was tasked with studying Oregon's current tax structure and identifying areas where change may be possible to add more stability to Oregon's current revenue resources. This report is intended to be research only and is to inform Legislators on options.
You can read the full report here:
Elder abuse in Oregon
Elder abuse and neglect is on the rise in Oregon. Recent articles have discussed the rise in abuse. The Portland Tribune recently covered this alarming rise in this article: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/279559-154732-elder-abuse-cases-up-as-oregon-grows-grayer
The Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation (OAAPI), a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS) issued their latest annual report which indicated the rise in abuse reporting. This report shows a 10 percent increase in the number of investigations conducted in the abuse or mistreatment of vulnerable adults in Oregon. There was also an alarming increase in abuse reported in the community versus a facility or other care setting.
Non-mandatory reporters, such as community members, bank tellers or others are shown to be an increasing number of those who are raising the warning flag on these cases of abuse. Community abuse prevention is a recommended key strategy to help lower the abuse rate in our state.
Read the full report here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Documents/2014%20OAAPI%20Annual%20Report.pdf
O4AD will be advocating for restoration of the Gatekeeper program during the February 2016 Legislative Session. The Gatekeeper program is a cost effective, community based program that helps community members know how to identify and report suspected incidences of abuse and neglect. With the rise in abuse in our state of vulnerable adults, now is the time to reinstate funding for this program. Stay tuned for ways you can help advocate during February.
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O4AD advocates for the independence, dignity, choice and safety of Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities.