This report provides a summary of recent actions and proposals on a wide range of issues, including revenue reform, a comprehensive transportation package, and the sale of the Elliott Forest. It also provides a rundown of some key bills under consideration as the legislature nears another deadline for committee consideration of bills.
As the Oregon legislature nears the halfway point in the 2017 session, the next two weeks will be among its busiest. Friday, April 7th marked the last day for posting committee work sessions for bills in their chambers of origin, meaning that if a House bill hadn’t been listed on a House committee agenda for consideration, that bill can be considered “dead.” Same for Senate bills in Senate committees. Now the committees have until April 18th to actually pass the bills they have posted. So, for the next two weeks committee agendas are packed with bills vying for survival, while advocates of all stripes are working hard to keep them alive or kill them.
The legislature is now six weeks into the long session, which, under the state’s constitution, is scheduled to end in early July. This update provides a progress report on some of the key bills and activities that we are pursuing on behalf of OSU and higher education.
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.
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 $100 million in state investments from the level proposed last month by Governor Kate Brown.
Our unified funding request highlights and supports the following reality: To keep tuition increases below five percent at most universities, and also preserve most financial aid and student support services, state investment in the Public University Support Fund (PUSF) will need to increase by at least $100 million above the Governor’s Budget—in the 2017-19 biennium.
Yesterday’s update regarding the Governor’s recommended capital budget had a couple of glitches and should have included a broader discussion regarding the OSU-Cascades project.
Governor Brown issued her recommended budget (GRB) for the 2017-19 biennium yesterday. Facing a projected state budget shortfall of at least $1.4 billion 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 document: http://www.oregon.gov/das/Financial/Documents/2017-19_gb.pdf
Here is a brief review of Tuesday’s election and its implications for higher education in Oregon as we approach the 2017 legislative session.
Join the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) for a Homecoming Brunch and get your Homecoming weekend off to a great start. The brunch is an opportunity to meet and mingle with current and former ASOSU officers, OSU alums, Beaver Caucus board members, and other OSU friends and supporters.
It’s that time of year again! The 2016 Pendleton Round-Up is September 14-17, with OSU-specific events throughout the weekend.
The festivities kick off with the Pendleton Round-Up Dinner and OSU Celebration on Thursday, September 15 at 5:00pm. Join us for dinner at Hamley’s Slickfork Saloon. Register online by September 8.
The fun continues on Friday morning, September 16 with the Cowboy Breakfast and KUMA Coffee Hour radio show at Stillman Park. Tune in to KUMA at 1290 AM or listen online from 8:00-9:00am.
Go Beavs and Let ‘Er Buck!