Town hall meetings will be your chance to give input on state services

Oregon legislators are holding seven town halls across the state to receive input about the next state budget. On January 19, the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee released an “Existing Resources Framework.” The framework outlines changes and cuts to state services that will be considered if Oregon does not increase revenue. You can read more about some potential proposed cuts in our introductory Legislative Update.

Dates for the town halls:

Salem Friday, February 10
5 to 7 p.m.
Hearing Room F
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE, Salem
Portland Saturday, February 11
Noon to 2 p.m.
Main Mall, Amo DeBernardis CC Building
PCC, Sylvania campus
12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland
Hermiston Friday, February 17
5 to 7 p.m.
Main Commons
Hermiston High School
600 S 1st St, Hermiston
Madras Saturday, February 18
1 to 3 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
Madras High School
390 SE 10th St, Madras
Ashland Friday, February 24
5 to 7 p.m.
Rogue River Room
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland
Eugene Saturday, February 25
1 to 3 p.m.
Rooms 308-309 Building 17 (The Forum)
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene
Tillamook Friday, March 3
6 to 8 p.m.
Officer’s Mess
Port of Tillamook Bay
6825 Officers Row, Tillamook

 

Press release:

Legislators Announce Budget-Focused Town Hall Meetings across Oregon

(SALEM) – The Oregon Legislative Assembly’s budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee will hold a series of public hearings in seven cities across the state beginning February 10.

The town hall events will create opportunities for Oregonians to provide input into the 2017-19 biennial state budget, according to Representative Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) and Senator Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin), the co-chairs of the committee.

On January 19, the co-chairs released an “Existing Resources Framework,” recognizing that existing revenues fall $1.8 billion short of the funding necessary to continue state services at current levels. The entire budget framework and accompanying narrative are available here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/lfo/Documents/2017%20Co-Chair%20Document.pdf.

 

 

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