May 2019 Government & Community Relations Update

Bill introduced by Wyden would allow graduates with student debt to save for retirement

May 23, 2019
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and five Senate colleagues introduced legislation on May 13th that could help many college graduates save for retirement while paying off their student loans.
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Revenue forecast released; higher education leaders call for increased investments in students

May 15, 2019
On May 15, the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast. This is the forecast that lawmakers will use to make final budget decisions this session. The level of funding in the Public University Support Fund will receive is heavily reliant on this forecast.
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Update from Salem: Student Success Act passes; vaccine and gun measures lose steam

May 15, 2019
On May 13, the Oregon State Senate passed HB 3427, known as the Student Success Act, which will raise approximately $2 billion for early childhood and K-12 schools on an ongoing basis. This bill was the culmination of the work of the Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS), which was established in January 2018.
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More than 100 advocates lobby state legislators for increased funding

May 13, 2019
On Wednesday, May 8, more than 110 students, alumni, faculty members and staff from the University of Oregon traveled to the state Capitol in Salem to lobby legislators for increased funding for the UO and higher education.
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