Ore. interest groups push gov't efficiency ideas

Ore. interest groups push gov't efficiency ideas

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Several interest organizations want Oregon to do a better job collecting taxes, and they're calling on the Legislature to beef up enforcement.
   
The recommendation was one of several in a report on government efficiency released Tuesday by public-employee unions, the AARP, the Oregon Student Association and a number of other organizations, most of them liberal interest groups.  They want to free up more money for their priorities, including schools, health care and long-term care for seniors.
   
The organizations also recommend cutting funding for supplies and contract services in state agencies, and cutting deeper into middle management.
   
Two years ago, lawmakers told many state agencies to aim for a worker-to-manager ratio of 11-1.
   
House Democratic Leader Val Hoyle says lawmakers have a responsibility to make the most of limited tax dollars.

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