Press Release: No new taxes until procurement system is fixed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

No new taxes until procurement system is fixed

SALEM, Ore.— Farmers in Oregon shouldn’t be hit with a new tax on agriculture, transportation, or energy production until the state’s broken procurement system is fixed, says state Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis, R-Albany. Boshart Davis says that OregonBuys, a new procurement system that has the governor’s and the secretary of state’s support, will help fill the state’s budget gap if implemented ahead of the next biennium. According to Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, “...adoption of a statewide eProcurement system (such as OregonBuys) could have potentially produced more than a billion dollars in savings if it had been in use during the last biennium. If quickly implemented statewide, savings of this magnitude could close Oregon’s 2019-21 budget gap without raising taxes.” Significant cost-savings can be achieved by modernizing Oregon’s procurement systems and practices.

Boshart Davis released the following statement:

“The secretary of state’s audit could be good news for Oregon’s farmers. The audit revealed we could prevent any new taxes by fixing our state’s procurement system. Oregon has a waste problem and policy makers are looking at new taxes when they could be looking at cost savings. By fixing an outdated procurement system with a new system called OregonBuys we can prevent the need to pass a new tax on energy, transportation and agriculture. Tax hikes like ‘cap and trade’ will hit farmers with financial strains by increasing costs of energy and transportation costs from the farm to table. This in turn makes Oregon farms less competitive, both on an national and international level. In addition, an incredibly complex idea like a ‘cap and trade’ tax can’t possibly be rolled out effectively and efficiently if our state is still using outdated and costly procurement processes. By doing what is right, by modernizing our state government, we can address our energy needs, our agricultural needs and uphold our duties to our constituents.”

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Dru Draper