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.

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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.

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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 $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.

You can find a copy of the letter on the OSU Government Relations website and coverage of the accompanying press release in The Oregonian.

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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

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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.

Let us know you’ll be there and share the event on Facebook!

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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.

Wear your orange to the Westward Ho! Parade at 10:00am and the rodeo in the afternoon.

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Pageant are offering generous discounts to OSU Alumni for various events. See here for details.

Go Beavs and Let ‘Er Buck!