The Oregon Business Plan is an effort by the state’s business leaders to create 25, 000 new jobs across
The Oregon Business Plan released the following information on current issues:
PERS Reform, Education Investment, and the I-5 Bridge: Update on the 2013 Legislative Session
As the Oregon Legislature passes the seven-week mark in the 2013 session, there is significant focus and movement on the top three policy initiatives of the Oregon Business Plan (Fix PERS. Invest Wisely in Education. Build the Bridge).
Here’s an update:
Fix PERS: Comparing the Proposals
Nothing is more important to the outcome of the current legislative session – and to the future of education and other public services – than how the Legislature and Governor resolve
Invest Wisely in Education
The Ways and Means Co-Chair’s budget includes a significant increase in funding for education, as does the Republican budget. There is also significant movement on the policy front.
The Legislature’s education committees have been hearing a number of education proposals endorsed by the Oregon Business Plan to help students achieve greater education attainment. A bill to coordinate postsecondary funding, HB 3120, is under development in the House Higher Education Committee. Another, SB 270, to authorize independent boards for our largest universities, is going through hearings. HB 2013, to restructure early learning programs, has had its first hearing. The early learning budget, which calls for substantial funding increases, will be taken up in hearings on the Governor’s overall transformation budget for education.
Build the Bridge
Culminating more than a decade of planning, Governor Kitzhaber and the
The new bridge will create thousands of construction jobs in the near-term, thousands of permanent jobs in the long-term, and will replace one of the oldest and most unsafe structures in our region with a modern, earthquake-proof bridge carrying freight, cars, light rail, bicycles, and pedestrians.
Learn more at www.oregonbusinessplan.org.