Your weekly update from Salem

Current Events & News | 03/04/2019

Parasa Chanramy
Policy & Implementation Director

There’s so a lot of news coming out of Salem right now, so let’s jump in!

An update to the Revenue Forecast

This past week, Oregon state economists gave an update on the revenue forecast. Here are the major take-home messages:

  • Oregon’s economy is slowing down. State economists predict a “significant slowdown” in 2020;
  • Despite this slowdown, our projected net general fund resources for 2017-2019 are up slightly from December 2018 at about $144 million;
  • The personal kicker is expected to be at $748.5 million for 2019-2021.

Key updates from last week:

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means is still going strong with their review of the Oregon Department of Education’s budget and the State School Fund. You can find their detailed presentations here.

The Senate Education Committee heard a handful of bills relating to vision screenings, special education and assessments in Oregon. You can watch those hearings here.

The House Education Committee held public hearings on bills that ranged from higher education to school meals. Those hearings are available here.

The subcommittees from the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) are covering a lot of ground.

  • The JCSS early learning subcommittee explored challenges and opportunities among Oregon’s early learning workforce with the Department of Early Learning, Oregon State University and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
  • The JCSS accountability & transparency subcommittee discussed several items: Student Information Systems, Massachusetts’ model, regional partnerships and collaboration, and strategic school spending.
  • The JCSS revenue subcommittee heard from the Oregon Revenue Roundtable; they also reviewed various revenue reform options.

What’s on the docket this week:

We anticipate that the co-chairs of the Ways and Means committee will release their co-chairs’ budget framework next week.

The budget framework is the start of a conversation and will serve as an important springboard for broader negotiations around the state budget and the need for revenue reform.

Following the release of the framework, the Joint Committee for Ways and Means will be launching their roadshow. This is an awesome opportunity for the public to provide input on the state budget.

Upcoming Ways & Means Roadshow Stops:

3/9/2019 1:00 PM, Coos Bay
Public Hearing (1-3pm)
Marshfield High School (Auditorium)
972 Ingersoll Ave.

3/15/2019 5:30 PM, Pendleton
Public Hearing (5:30-7:30pm)
Blue Mountain Community College (Pioneer Hall, Bob Clapp Theatre)
2411 NW Carden Ave.

3/16/2019 2:00 PM, Redmond
Public Hearing (2-4pm)
Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center
3800 SW Airport Way

3/21/2019 5:30 PM, Portland
Public Hearing (5:30-7:30pm)
Portland Community College – Cascade (MAHB 104 Auditorium)
5514 N. Albina Ave.

Let me know if you might be interested in attending and testifying at one of these public hearings. I’d love to help you prepare.

The Education Subcommittee on Ways and Means will wrap up their presentations on the State School Fund and ODE’s budget next week. On Wednesday (March 5) and Thursday (March 6), they will hold public hearings on these funds. March 5th will focus on Early Learning and Youth Development; March 6th will focus on the State School Fund and other K-12 programs like Measure 98. Let me know if you’d like to come to Salem and testify on any of these bills.House and Senate Education Committees have pretty full dockets on Monday next week; they include bills that range from dyslexia, special education and abbreviated school days to the Latinx Student Success Plan, early childhood equity fund and alternative education. We plan to be there at the hearing to help support these different priorities. If you want to join me, please reach out!

Stay up-to-date on the details by joining our weekly calls, every Friday at noon.

Tune in by phone: 408-740-3766
Access code: 669 855 1592 #
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Join the presentation/video: https://zoom.us/my/stand.spare

Please reach out if you have any questions!

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