Hearings start Friday, February 10This week, Oregon's primary budget writing Committee, Ways & Means, will begin their hearings around the state. These hearings are designed to gain input from Oregonians and hear their perspectives on the priorities for the Legislature as they determine how to fund programs and services in 2017-19.
Hearings will be held on Friday evenings and Saturdays during February. The complete schedule is as follows:
5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room F
900 Court Street NE
Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Amo DeBernardis College Center
12000 SW 49th Ave.
5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
Hermiston High School
600 S 1st Street
1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
Madras High School
Performing Arts Center
390 SE 10th Street
5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Southern Oregon University
Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
Lane Community College
Forum (Building 17), Rooms 308-309
4000 E 30th Ave.
6-8 p.m. Friday, Mar. 3
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
Hearings will open approximately one hour prior to the start time to allow for sign up to testify. You may also submit written testimony, which we encourage.
- To submit written testimony, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon's budget writers are facing an unprecedented challenge in balancing the needs of Oregonians with limited budget dollars. There is a potential for dramatic reductions which would impact budget areas including human services and seniors and people with disabilities. The Governor's Recommended Budget proposed severe reductions to Oregon Project Independence (OPI) including
- 75% reduction in funding to OPI for Seniors
- Complete elimination of the OPI program for People with Disabilities
O4AD has information for your use in the budget conversation. You can access our talking points on our website at:
There you will find:
1. Oregon Project Independence - Cost Comparisons. Why investing and protecting OPI makes sense for Oregon's budget. Click HERE for these talking points.
2. O4AD Budget Priorities - O4AD shares our priorities and principles for Oregon's budget writers. Click HERE for these talking points.
3. Learn about the history of OPI and the instability this program has faced in secure and stable funding. Click HERE for this overview.
You may access the membership of the Ways & Means Committee HERE, on the Oregon Legislative website.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact O4AD at: email@example.com. We are happy to help answer questions and provide as much information as we have available.
Plan to attend a hearing, send in comments to the Committee or find other ways to engage in this important conversation on protecting and preserving services for Oregon's older adults and people with disabilities. Your Voice Matters!