Tag Archives: State Budget

Local colleges lobby legislators for state funding

Staff and students talk about importance of higher education funding. Although there were no games scheduled for Pioneer Hall Friday night, Blue Mountain Community College put in an effort to create a home court advantage for the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Committee hearing. The college lined up blue-clad staff members in the hall […]
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Editorial: PERS barges in to talks about school funds

Do you remember a couple of years ago, the last time the Legislature was seriously considering a major new tax on Oregon businesses? At the time, business leaders were sending encouraging signs that they’d be open to taxation proposals — as long as legislators also reformed the state’s underfunded public pension system. Long story short: The […]
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Legislative budget-writers get an earful in Redmond

From teachers, farmers and Oregon State Police troopers to home health care workers and victims advocates, the Legislature’s budget-writing panel heard plenty of pleas for support — and dollars — in a two-hour string of fast-paced, two-minute testimony at their hearing Saturday afternoon at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. The Joint Committee on Ways and Means has […]
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State budget road show comes to Redmond

Oregon lawmakers to discuss budget, take public comment. The Legislature’s state budget “road show” will pull into Redmond on Saturday as part of a statewide swing to let Oregonians weigh in on the $23.7 billion tax and spending proposal. Source: State budget road show comes to Redmond; Oregon lawmakers to discuss budget, take public comment

Editorial: State voters helped dig budget hole

It’s easy to say that the Legislature has a spending problem — in fact, we’ve said it ourselves, in a number of editorials over the years. Last week’s release of a surprisingly sober budget from the three chairs of the Legislature’s powerful Ways and Means Committee helped to put some of that problem in perspective. […]
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Editorial: Postage-paid ballots nice, not necessary

Oregon is justifiably proud of its work to remove barriers to voting: Consider the state’s efforts to register voters via contact with the Department of Motor Vehicles. And it’s only a matter of time until other states really start paying attention to the state’s vote-by-mail system as a way to not just boost voter turnout […]
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Proposed state education spending plan is ‘survival budget’

Educators hope funding will be boosted. While the proposed $8.8 billion education budget by top lawmakers for the 2019-21 biennium would allow the La Grande School District to continue operating without making any staff or program cuts, the school district would not be able to increase the services it provides students. Source: Proposed state education […]
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State Rep. Mitchell hears calls for more money

Lawmaker appeared at a town hall on Sunday. State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell faced calls during a town hall at Clatsop Community College on Sunday to push her colleagues for more education funding and taxes on corporations. Source: State Rep. Mitchell hears calls for more money | Local News | dailyastorian.com

Editorial: Budget plan offers a dose of harsh reality

An interesting thing happened last week in Salem: The Legislature’s chief budget writers released the first draft of the state’s spending plan for the next two years — and the plan is built on existing revenue. It doesn’t require any tax increases. It sets aside an extra 1 percent for the state’s rainy day fund to […]
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Oregon governor under fire for potential comp fund raid

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s reported plan to transfer $1.4 billion from the state’s workers compensation fund to pay pension costs has drawn sharp criticism from state Republicans. Source: Oregon governor under fire for potential comp fund raid | Business Insurance