March 2019 Government & Community Relations Update

Administration’s FY20 proposed budget would hurt students, research

March 21, 2019
On March 18 the Trump Administration released its proposed FY20 budget, calling for sweeping cuts to non-defense discretionary spending. The proposal sets overall spending at $4.7 trillion, including $1.3 trillion in total discretionary funding, a 1.8 percent cut below FY19 levels.

Bill would help cities take part in UO sustainability program

March 12, 2019
Article first appeared in Around the O on March 8. A bill making its way through the Oregon Legislature would help more cities take part in the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program by creating a new state matching fund.

Legislative Session Week 7 update: Co-chair’s budget released

March 7, 2019
Week seven of the Oregon legislative session ended with some important budget news. The co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means released their recommended budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. This budget, based on all current revenues projected to come into state coffers and the economic forecast, had some good news and bad news for public higher education.

Report: UO boosts the state economy by more than $1 billion

March 6, 2019
Article first appeared in Around the O on March 6 From money brought in by students, visitors and research grants to spending on employment, supplies and construction, the UO remains an economic engine not just in Lane County but statewide, a new report shows.

Higher education association leaders praise long-awaited federal spending package

March 1, 2019
On February 15, President Trump signed into law a $328 billion spending package to avoid a second partial government shutdown and complete the FY19 appropriations process. The package will finance the federal government for the seven months remaining of the 2019 federal fiscal year.