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OSU has identified several key priorities for the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session.
$285 million reserved in university capital bonding capacity for the 2020 legislative session, following the completion of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s (HECC) 10-year capital assessment and subsequent report to the Legislature (dependent on further legislative conversation).
Shared Capital Renewal Fund: $65 million in state bonds – allocated in the 2019 session – for deferred maintenance. These are distributed among all seven universities based on a HECC formula.
$186 million increase to the Public University Support Fund in the revenue package to invest in student affordability, access and success and protect students against major tuition increases. At least $120 million to ensure tuition does not increase by more than 5%.
Continuation and expansion of the Engineering and Technology Sustaining Funds (Governor proposes $60 million total allocation in her investment budget, and eliminates the program in the base GRB).
Continue and fully fund the Sports Lottery Scholarship program (Governor proposes the statutory allocation of $14.1 million in her investment budget and eliminates the program in the base GRB).
$121.5 million increase in funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant.
At least $10 million for University Innovation Research Fund (included in GRB investment package). The program would be included in the budget for the Oregon Business Development Department.
OSU-Cascades Student Success Center: $12 million in state bonds, matched by an additional $5 million in student-approved fees ($50/quarter/student collected over the last three years).
Arts & Education Complex: $35 million in state bonds, matched by an additional $35 million in donor funds.
Cordley Capital Renewal: $28 million state bonds for Cordley Hall Renovation (second phase), matched by an additional $28 million in university funds.
$30 million increase for the three Statewide Public Service Programs (Extension, Agricultural Experiment Station & Forest Research Laboratory). This investment will restore, maintain, and build essential research and Extension programs that address Oregon’s most critical needs in natural resource science and stewardship, sustainable agricultural, food, and natural resource production, and community health and resilience.
$1.6 million in state match for a $40 million US Department of Energy marine energy grant to construct a wave energy test site off the Oregon Coast.