Our Oregon has already responded to the new legislative budget proposal. Here is an excerpt from their blog today:Â
Thereâ€™s a path forward to protect our schools, health care, and the critical programs that keep our communities safe and healthy.
This morning, the chief budget writers of the Oregon legislature released their proposal for how to fund schools, health care, and public safety over the next two years.
While the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee have recognized that itâ€™s critical to put more money into the things that matter mostâ€”K-12 classrooms, senior care, and help for struggling familiesâ€”thereâ€™s still much more to be done to make sure the budget isnâ€™t balanced solely on the backs of the middle class.
Thereâ€™s a way to stop cutsÂ to things that matter most, protect retired seniors, and make sure large corporations and the wealthy are paying their fair share. Time is of the essence! If you want your voice heard in support of Our Oregon’s proposals, you need to contact your legislators by email or phone as soon as possible this week!
In order to protect the priorities that all Oregonians value, weâ€™ve identifiedÂ more than $700 millionÂ that can be used now to hire back teachers, lower class sizes, protect senior health care, and ensure that critical services are there for families when they need them.
Our proposals include $278 million in government savings, nearly $300 million by capping tax breaks for wealthy households, and using some reserve funds now.
See the entire blog with details on their proposed ways to stop cuts here on their Sockeye Blog.
You can find your legislators and TAKE ACTION TODAY to let themÂ know that you support these cost savings proposed by Our Oregon.
Here is a handy graphic of the proposals they are making: