Thursday, November 10, 2016
Post Measure 97: Oregon university presidents seek 'minimum' increase of $100M for higher ed
From Oregonlive November 9, 2016
Measure 97's failure creates tough decisions for Oregon lawmakers next year, but the state's public university presidents say one choice should be clear: Keep funding higher education.
Oregon's seven public university presidents signed a joint letter Wednesday asking for a "minimum" of $100 million funding increase for higher education in the next biennium.
The failed tax on corporations wasn't expected to contribute to higher education, but it would have helped address a built-in budget shortfall of more than $1 billion. Despite the challenges, the presidents said, Oregon can still work to make its public universities affordable for residents.