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The 10-Year Plan for Oregon seeks to create a
strategic plan for state government services with
defined outcomes for delivering programs and
services efficiently within available resources.
It calls for the strategic plan to consider the
following guiding principles:
 
 
“The final step in rebuilding the House of Oregon is to recognize that the kind of transformational change required can't happen overnight or over the course of a single biennium. It will require a sustained and consistent effort over the next eight to ten years, built on such a solid foundation that it can continue to move forward and be sustained regardless of changes in the executive branch or partisan changes in the make up of the legislature. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to put that foundation in place...”
 - Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.
Inaugural Speech, January 10, 2011
 

The 2013-15 Governor’s Balanced Budget marks a significant departure from previous biennial budgets. It was prepared with a long-term framework to guide it. It is built on strategic priorities and outcomes, rather than existing programs, and it aims to achieve ambitious goals over the next decade. This budget shifts away from stand-alone agency initiatives, instead emphasizing five cross-cutting priorities that Oregonians have identified as critical to securing a prosperous future: Education, Jobs and Innovation, Healthy People, Safety and Healthy Environment.

This outcomes-based budget targets investments to meet specific 10-year goals. It is driven by five guiding principles:

 

 

Common Vision

Develop a statewide vision for the state investment now and in the future.

Defined Outcomes  

Define specific outcomes with clear accountability to Oregon's citizens.

Fiscal Sustainability

Deliver programs and services efficiently within available resources.

Innovative Solutions

Prioritize investments in areas of change and innovation.

Informed Decision Making  

Rely on evidence-based information to inform policy decisions and decision makers.
 

This new approach requires the state to set clear budget limits, expectations and criteria for investment. It seeks to deliver critical public services more efficiently and effectively by integrating, streamlining and reducing redundancy. It changes the focus of the biennial budget from balancing the bottom line to budgeting to meet long term outcomes. And it directly involves Oregonians from outside government in recommending program investment levels with accountability measures to track progress over time.

By emphasizing fiscal sustainability in program delivery, this new approach ensures state government can provide consistent services to Oregonians regardless of the economic climate of the state. It requires consideration of the long term fiscal impact of policy decisions and prioritizes saving in good economic times to cover shortfalls during downturns.
 
Ultimately, this budget is a tool to improve the lives of Oregonians and rebuild a strong, secure middle class. Using that tool effectively over the next decade means not only responding to the acute impacts of economic hardship, but also working to address the root causes of poverty. It means investing in proven poverty reduction strategies, from better education and career training to expanded access to health care and quality housing. Additionally, it means elevating a diversity and inclusion agenda to ensure all communities share in new economic opportunities and prosperity.
 
Building a budget using a strategic plan for state government services that cross agency boundaries provides a foundation for future reforms. State government must continue to find ways to deliver programs and services more efficiently. It must be accountable to the strategies set forth in the 10-Year plan.  It must make changes when the results don’t meet the goals. 
 
The plan defines desired strategic priorities and outcomes, rather than existing programs, and it aims to achieve ambitious goals over the next decade. The plan shifts away from stand-alone agency initiatives, instead emphasizing five cross-cutting priorities that Oregonians have identified as critical to securing a prosperous future:  

Education

Jobs and Innovation

Healthy People

Safety

Healthy Environment

The outcomes of the 10-Year Plan can be found here.

 
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