As we get ready to head into Memorial Day weekend, all eyes remain on Salem as the Senate walk out continues. With critical policy bills in the balance, and a budget that needs approving, it is hard to know how this legislative session will end.
In a meeting with Senator Elizabeth Steiner, who is the co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means (aka the budget committee), she shared key budget items to be funded including record investments in K-12 education, maintaining core services for Oregonians already receiving state healthcare (such as Oregon’s Bridge Health Plan and the Oregon Health Plan), and strategic investments in drought-stricken rural Oregon. Bond financing will also be used to support Oregon’s investment in the replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge over multiple biennia. More details can be found in the Co-Chairs Budget Framework release at the beginning of the 2023 session.