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Why Schools Struggle Even As Budgets Increase

By |May 6th, 2015|

Nigel Jaquiss of Willamette Week helps readers understand why class sizes grow and school years get shorter even as more money is put into K-12 schools.

Oregon Supreme Court Guts PERS Reforms

By |April 30th, 2015|

We’re disappointed to report that the Oregon Supreme Court today ruled against many of the PERS reforms established by the legislature during a special session in October 2013. The Court’s ruling will have a devastating impact on schools, municipalities, fire districts, and state agencies that participate in PERS.

Business Plan Delegation Set to Press Federal Agenda on D.C. Trip

By |April 29th, 2015|

More than 40 business leaders are traveling to Washington, D.C. today to make the rounds with the Oregon Congressional Delegation and other federal officials in support of the Oregon Business Plan federal agenda.

Bruce Daucsavage: ‘The change is about more than just the mills’

By |April 28th, 2015|

From Investigate West, April 27, 2015: In August 2012, Ochoco Lumber Co. announced plans to close its mill in John Day, Oregon, due in part to a shortage of timber supply from neighboring public lands. The announcement meant that rural Grant County would be losing its last surviving sawmill — and with it about 70 […]

Mid-Session Update: Business Plan Agenda Making Headway; Investment Priorities, Transportation Still Uncertain

By |April 27th, 2015|

A summary of progress on the Oregon Business Plan initiatives. Almost three months into the 2015 legislative session, and just past the halfway point, there is much to be optimistic about, as well as cause for concern. The agendas to connect education to careers and to put our natural resources to work for rural Oregon […]

The Revitalization of Career and Technical Education

By |April 26th, 2015|

Laura Frazier at The Oregonian has just published a great series of stories about the revitalization of career and technical education, a top priority for the Oregon Business Plan. Read More

Make Your Voice Be Heard at Ways and Means Roadshow Meetings

By |April 9th, 2015|

The Legislative Ways and Means Committee (which creates Oregon’s 2-year budget) will be traveling to communities across the state over the next two weeks to collect input from Oregonians. If you can, please attend these meetings to advocate for the investments that are important to your community. Meeting dates and locations are:

Oregon Needs A Simpler Land Use System

By |March 24th, 2014|

This guest opinion by Oregon attorney Jeff Bachrach appeared in the March 22, 2014 Oregonian. We agree with Mr. Bachrach’s conclusion that in order to achieve the land use goals Oregon aspires to, we need to update the system.

The Oregon Legislature unanimously passed the historic land-use grand bargain bill because it was widely viewed that […]

A Cancer-Curing Economy

By |February 27th, 2014|

The Oregon Legislature is poised to make an investment that will advance the cure for cancer and spark economic growth in our state.

All of us have been touched by the tragedy of cancer.  Thanks to the $500 million challenge issued by Phil and Penny Knight, Oregon is poised to play a leading role in the […]

Reforms Save Schools, Local Gov. from Big Hits

By |October 7th, 2013|

PERS Reforms Save Schools, Local Governments from Big Hits

2013 PERS reforms will avoid an estimated $828 million in cost increases for schools, local governments and state agencies this biennium.  These avoided costs will recur every biennium for the next 20 years. 

When legislators entered the 2013 session, 2013-2015 PERS costs for school districts, local governments and […]