State Borrowing

ORS 286A.003
State policy on debt management


The State of Oregon recognizes that adherence to a debt management policy that provides guidelines for debt issuance is necessary to limit the long-term impact of debt on the budget of the state, to preserve the credit rating of the state and to maintain available debt capacity to meet the continuing capital investment needs of this state. Accordingly, it is the policy of the State of Oregon that, in determining the total amount of bonds to be authorized each biennium, the Legislative Assembly shall:


Limit the issuance of bonds to projects or programs that require a minimum amount of state funding, as determined by the Legislative Assembly each biennium, and direct that projects or programs with funding needs that are under the minimum amount be funded with current resources; and


Prohibit the issuance of bonds for ongoing operating expenditures of the state.


This section does not require the Legislative Assembly to prohibit:


Borrowing for ongoing operating expenditures of the state as authorized under ORS 286A.045 (Borrowing for current expenses);


Borrowing to finance pension obligations under ORS 238.692 (Definitions for ORS 238) to 238.698 (Funds diversion agreement);


Borrowing to finance activities related to environmental remediation;


The use of bond proceeds to pay for administration or management of projects or programs funded by the bond proceeds; or


The use of interest or investment earnings on bond proceeds for ongoing operating expenditures. [2017 c.746 §14]


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