- Why not also relax fiscal rules and allow borrowing during economic downturns?
- Is $1.5 billion enough? Thompson, et. al., suggest it is in the right ballpark, but given the current revenue gap which might easily eclipse $4 billion over the next two and a half years, it might need to be bigger.
- Why build something on top of this ridiculous rule that depends on an economic forecast (as Paul Krugman says economic forecasting is slightly less respectable than witchcraft)? We are fortunate to have a talented and professional state economist in Tom Potiowsky, but I am sure even Tom would tell you that forecasting is simply very educated guesswork. Why not come up with something new and better?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A Permanent Rainy-Day Fund?
The Oregonian is reporting on a plan coming out of the state legislature to put in front of voters a plan to create a permanent rainy day fund. Friend of the blog Fred Thompson and co-authors have looked at this problem in the midst of the last round of budget woes (only a few years ago) and their analysis is interesting and raises some questions: