INFORMATIONAL MEETING

 

TAPES 17-18, A-B

 

SENATE REVENUE COMMITTEE

February 3, 2003†† 1:00 PM†† STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

 

Members Present:††††††††††† ††††††††††† Senator Ryan Deckert, Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Senator Ted Ferrioli, Vice Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Senator Tony Corcoran

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Senator Charlie Ringo

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Senator Bruce Starr

 

Members Excused:††††††††† ††††††††††† Senator Lenn Hannon

 

Witness Present:††††††††††† ††††††††††† John Tapogna, ECONorthwest

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Jim Green, Oregon School Board Association

 

Staff Present:††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Office

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Tara Lantz, Committee Assistant

 

TAPE 17, SIDE A

 

004

Chair Deckert

Calls meeting to order at 1:07 pm.

 

 

 

011

Jim Green

Introduces John Tapogna and gives brief description of the study done by ECONorthwest. Exhibit 2.

 

 

 

028

John Tapogna

Briefly gives history of ECONorthwest and why the study was done for the Oregon School Board Association.

 

 

 

055

Tapogna

Briefly outlines major questions addressed in the study.

 

 

 

074

Tapogna

Discusses different spending definitions.

 

 

 

110

Tapogna

Discusses trends in expenditures and funding measures using the different spending definitions.

 

 

 

130

Tapogna

Discusses alternative student measures, looking at fall enrollment numbers and average daily membership.

 

Questions and answers interspersed.

 

 

 

230

Tapogna

Discusses how alternative measures yield a wide range of per student spending estimates.

 

 

 

274

Tapogna

Compares the percentage of change of a variety of inflation measures with the percentage of change of a variety of per-student spending measures.

 

 

 

370

Tapogna

Discusses the key findings of spending per student.

 

 

 

383

Tapogna

Compares Oregonís per student spending to that of other states.

 

TAPE 18, SIDE A

 

003

Tapogna

Compares Oregonís current expenditures per fall enrollee from 1990-2001 to the national statistics.

 

 

 

024

Tapogna

Compares Oregonís K-12 current expenditures as a percent of total personal income to other Northwest states and the national statistics.

 

Questions and answers interspersed.

 

 

 

089

Tapogna

Discusses two ways of breaking down school spending: as objects and as functions.

 

 

 

110

Tapogna

Compares Oregonís level of per student spending to neighboring states breaking it down by objects.

 

 

 

149

Tapogna

Compares Oregonís level of per student spending to neighboring states breaking it down by functions.

 

Questions and answers interspersed.

 

 

 

197

Tapogna

Discusses key findings in cross-state comparisons.

 

 

 

211

Tapogna

Shows how spending on regular education instruction failed to keep pace with inflation in most districts.

 

 

 

308

Tapogna

Discusses cross-district findings from interviews with various school districts.

 

 

 

347

Tapogna

Concludes from the study that single spending estimates miss important complexities and that spending per student remained above the US average in 2000-01.

 

 

 

377

Sen. Corcoran

Asks if per student spending has kept pace with inflation.

 

 

 

380

Tapogna

Responds that it depended on the measures used, but in general the spending per student kept pace with inflation.

 

Discussion follows.

 

TAPE 17, SIDE B

 

042

Sen. Deckert

Stated that coming from Portland he has been led to believe that spending has fallen way below inflation.

 

 

 

053

Tapogna

Responds that Portland was not included in the study because of several factors. Explains.

 

 

 

107

Sen. Ferrioli

Gives advice to Sen. Deckert that as a chairman he not only has to serve his constituents but also has to focus on fairness and equalization across the state.

 

 

 

139

Tapogna

Discusses conclusions that Oregonís spending on benefits is above national averages and neighboring states and that Oregon spends more on ďother support services.Ē

 

 

 

152

Sen. Deckert

Asks how it can seem that Oregon is spending more than other states yet is having to cut days and increase class sizes.

 

 

 

170

Tapogna

Responds that the study has not taken the Measure 28 cuts into consideration and that the rate of inflation has been increasing over the last year but spending has gone down and this is not included in the study.

 

 

 

184

Sen. Ferrioli

Asks about comparing number of school days by school districts and whether districts are meeting state guidelines.

 

Discussion follows.

 

 

 

230

Sen. Deckert

Adjourns meeting at 2:17 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tape Log Submitted by,

 

 

 

 

Tara Lantz, Committee Assistant Reviewed by Kim Taylor James

 

Exhibit Summary:

1.      Paul Warner, Planning Calendar for Committee Members & Staff, 1p.

2.      John Tapogna, Comprehensive Analysis of K-12 Education Finance in Oregon, 58pp.