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The legislature has completed two and half weeks at a quick pace. This update provides a progress report on some of the key bills and activities important to OSU and higher education. Ways & Means Field Hearings Over the last two weekends, members of the Joint Ways & Means Committee have conducted hearings in Salem,… Continue reading
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Students, Faculty, Staff, and Presidents Call for Increased Funding for Public Universities In a letter to legislative leaders, students, faculty, staff, and presidents of the public universities called for at least another $100million in state investments from the level proposed last month by Governor Kate Brown. Our unified funding request highlights and supports the following… Continue reading
Yesterdays update regarding the Governors recommended capital budget had a couple of glitches and should have included a broader discussion regarding the OSU-Cascades project. OSU-Cascades Campus Expansion OSU is seeking, and the HECC has recommended, a $69.5 million campus expansion for OSU-Cascades which includes: $20 million in site reclamation and campus infrastructure improvements necessary for… Continue reading
Governor Brown issued her recommended budget (GRB) for the 2017-19 biennium yesterday. Facing a projected state budget shortfall of at least $1.4billion compounded by rising personnel and health care costs, the GRB includes many difficult decisions. This update provides a summary of the major elements affecting higher education in Oregon. To review the entire budget… Continue reading
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Here is a brief review of Tuesdays election and its implications for higher education in Oregon as we approach the 2017 legislative session. Governor’s Race Democrat Kate Brown defeated Republican Bud Pierce with just over a 50% majority. She carried seven of Oregons 36 counties: Columbia, Benton, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Multnomah, and Washington. Brown… Continue reading