March 2021 Government & Community Relations Update

Legislature releases budget framework; PUSF funding $13 million less than requested by public universities

March 25, 2021
On March 24, the co-chairs of the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means released their 2021-23 Budget Framework.

Latest COVID-19 relief package includes $39.6 billion for higher ed

March 16, 2021
On Thursday, March 11, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a nearly $1.9 trillion package to provide

Oregon congressional delegation requests FY22 budget for ShakeAlert

March 9, 2021
Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) circulated a Dear Colleagues letter to fellow U.S. House members urging the Office of Management and Budget to include ShakeAlert in the U.S. Geological Survey budget request to Congress. The letter, dated Feb.

Guldberg testifies before legislative committee on importance of University Innovation and Research Fund

March 8, 2021
On March 3, Robert Guldberg, Vice President and Executive Director of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, testified before the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Transportation & Economic Development to highlight the importance of the University Innovation Research Fund (UIRF) and urge the Oregon Legislature to restore funding this l