2021 State Legislative Priorities

Operating Budget

Public University Support Fund (PUSF): The seven public universities are collectively asking for $900 million in the PUSF. This is a 7.4% increase base funding ask that was supported by the HECC in their Agency Request Budget. The base funding increase is more than state CSL because of obligatory employment cost inflation.

Statewide Public Service Programs (Extension, Agricultural Experiment Station & Forest Research Laboratory): Secure a 7.4% base funding increase for each program, for a total of $158.5 million. The GRB recommends flat funding from the 2019 allocation level. Additionally, due to HECC changes in the PUSF distribution, the GRB recommends moving funding for building maintenance of statewide public services facilities support ($4.4 million General Fund) from the Public University Support Fund to the Statewides. The funding request break down is:

  • Agricultural Experiment Station: $84 million
  • Extension Service (excluding Outdoor School): $61.9 million
  • Forest Research Lab: $12.6 million

State Programs: Secure a 7.4% base funding increase, for a total of $48.8 million. The GRB recommends flat funding from the 2019 allocation level. Additionally, due to HECC changes in the PUSF distribution, the GRB recommends moving funding for the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Lab ($3 million General Fund) from the Public University Support Fund to the State Programs. OSU receives State Program funding for the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Fermentation Science, Marine Research Vessel, Institute for Natural Resources, TallWood Design Institute, Signature Research Center, and Engineering Technology Sustaining Funds. 

Need-Based state financial aid (Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon Promise, other programs): Maximize funding to these programs that serve low-income students. The GRB recommends modest CSL increases to these programs.

Capital Projects

Shared Capital Renewal Fund: $80 million in state bonds for deferred maintenance to be distributed among all seven universities based on a HECC formula (supported by all seven universities). Recommended in the GRB.

OSU-Cascades Student Success Center: $13.8 million in state bonds, matched by $5 million in student-approved fees (carry-over from 2019-21 HECC list). Recommended in the GRB.

Cordley Hall Renovation: $86 million in state bonds for Cordley Hall Renovation matched $57 million in university bonds (ranked number two on HECC list). Recommended in the GRB.

Other policy and budget priorities

Hemp: HB 2284 would establish a hemp commodity commission and HB 2281 would update the Oregon state plan on hemp.

Wildfire research/mapping funding: Funding for OSU to provide mapping and research to help mitigate, prepare and respond to wildfire.

Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: HB 3441 is carry-over legislation from 2019 and 2020 that would fund research at OSU addressing ocean acidification and hypoxia.

University Venture Development Fund tax credit: HB 2441/SB 145 would extend the popular research tax credit sunset to 2028.

University Innovation Research Fund: $10 million pot was funded in the 2019-21 biennia. Unutilized funds were swept in 2020 special session. Program request may be adjusted from 2019-21.

Credit Transfer: SB 233 would pursue common course numbering and establish a state Transfer Council.

Basic Needs Navigators: HB 2835 funds a basic needs navigator position on every community college and public university campus to help students access the local, state and federal benefits they are eligible for.