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Oregon lawmakers have been holding their collective breath, waiting for the May revenue forecast to give them some clarity about how much money the state has to work with. The waiting ended today when State Economist Tom Potiowsky announced that Oregon can expect to see an increase of almost $129 million for the upcoming biennium.

There’s a shortfall of $40 million for the current fiscal year, which dampens things a bit. However, the announcement about future expected revenue met the cautiously optimistic expectations of many in state government, including the governor’s.

Friday we’ll be live at the legislature to find out what this means for schools, human services, public safety and job creation.

Friday is also Tribal Government Day at the Capitol. It’s an annual event that brings representatives of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes to Salem to talk with lawmakers and the general public about issues that are important to them. This year, the tribes will also be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the executive order that mandated state agencies recognize tribal sovereignty by dealing with the tribes on a government-to-government basis. We’ll hear from a member of one of the tribes in Oregon about what this day means to them.

What do you think lawmakers should prioritize now they have clearer numbers to pass a budget? How do government services affect your life?

Are you a member of a Native American tribe in Oregon? Do you participate in Tribal Government Day? What does it mean to you?


  • Mark McMullen: Senior economist in the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
  • Ginny Burdick: Oregon state senator (D-Portland), chair of the Senate finance and revenue committee and co-chair of the Senate committee on tax credits
  • Vicki Berger: Oregon state representative (R-Salem) and co-chair of both the House revenue committee and the House committee on tax credits
  • Cheryle Kennedy: Chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of the Grade Ronde Tribal Council
2011 session income tax revenue

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