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Report: Where Does All the Money Go?

November 26, 2007

Portland, OR – Oregon taxpayers are pretty much in the dark when it comes to details about where the state's economic development dollars are going. That's the conclusion of a new report from the group Good Jobs First. It gives Oregon a failing grade when it comes to disseminating information about economic development subsidies, and another below-average grade for disclosure of state contract information. Report author Phil Mattera says, because those areas involve a large amount of taxpayer money, taxpayers have a right to know how it's being used.

"We also think that when there's more transparency, public officials are going to be more careful in what kind of subsidy deals they offer companies and which companies they decide to give contracts to. Who's getting the contracts, where the subsidy money is going, the heavy spenders on lobbying -- that could provide some important insights on how the whole political economy in this state is functioning."

The state also received a poor grade for its limited online disclosure of spending by lobbyists, but Janice Thompson with Democracy Reform Oregon says there is some good news about this "D-minus" -- it's expected to improve, after the overhaul of state ethics laws during the last legislative session.

"The legislature has already taken action so that down the line, our grade on the transparency of lobbying spending will go up. And that just points to where we need to go on these other issues where the public has a right to know."

The full report can be found online, at www.goodjobsfirst.org.

Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OR