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Oregon Budget Process  

The state budget is a tool used to carry out state law and policy decisions. The budget, which must be balanced, allocates all revenue resources including General Fund, Lottery, Federal and Other Funds that pay for public services. The budget may authorize debt financing for some projects and activities.

The budget covers two fiscal years, which is a biennium. The biennium begins on July 1 of an odd-numbered year and ends on June 30 of the next odd-numbered year (for example, July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011).

The budget development process occurs in three major phases: Agency Request, Governor's Recommended Budget and Legislatively Adopted Budget.

Blue Book: Government Finance 
This Web site is the Government Finance section of the Oregon Blue Book. Visitors may learn where state and local government money comes from and how agencies use that money. Data refers to the 2007-2009 budget.

Oregon Public Finance: Basic Facts

Budget Process Overview: DAS Budget and Management Division
The Budget and Management Division helps the Governor prepare a budget for the Legislature to consider. This Web site explains the phases of the budget process in detail.

2009 Oregon Public Finance (LRO) - Research Report #1-09
This report from the Legislative Revenue Office describes basic facts about public finance. Released in January 2009, the report reflects events that occurred before that date.

How Positions are Created, Budgeted and Used -- Legislative Fiscal Office
This report answers common questions about state employees -- how positions are created, budgeted for, and how much of the budget goes to cover the cost of employees.

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