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State Budget

State Government: Overview 

Oregon state government is a large organization. The following resources will help you learn more about its structure, budget, and performance measures.

  • The Oregon Blue Book offers descriptions of state agencies, contact information, budgets, and histories.  

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Budget Process and Basic Facts 

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, 2017 - June 30, 2019).

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

Oregon Public Finance: Basic Facts

Budget Process Overview: DAS Chief Financial Office (CFO)
The Chief Financial Office helps the Governor prepare a budget for the Legislature to consider. This website explains the phases of the budget process in detail. 

Oregon Public Fi​nance: Basic Fac​ts - 2019 Research Report #1-19​ ​
This report from the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) describes basic facts about public finance. 

How Positions are Created, Budgeted and Used - 2016: This report from the Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO)​ answers common questions about state employees such as: how positions are created, budgeted for, and how much of the budget goes toward covering the cost of employees. 

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Legislatively Approved Budget (2017 - 2019)

Graphical Views: summarized pie chart views of budget totals by program and funding source are provided below.

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

For the 2017-2019 budget cycle the Governor's budget team developed the Governor's Recommended Budget and presented it to the Legislature.

Legislative committees reviewed the proposed budget and held public hearings to gather information from agencies and the public. Each budget bill included a Budget Report that described the committees' recommendations. The Legislature voted on each budget bill. When the bills received the Governor's approval, they became law and comprised the Legislatively Adopted Budget. Agencies are now administering the budget over the current two-year budget period

The Oregon Legislature meets annually and can make changes to the budget either in full session, or through the Legislative Emergency Board held between sessions. 

The Governor may also call the Legislature into special emergency sessions to deal with budget issues. The Legislatively Adopted Budget and changes made during the biennium make up the Legislatively Approved Budget.

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