REP. MIKE MCLANE
HOUSE DISTRICT 55
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Contact: Kevin Curry, 503-986-1351
OREGON HOUSE PASSES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR K-12 EDUCATION,
OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, COMMUNITY COLLEGES & MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS
SALEM, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives voted today to increase funding for Oregon’s K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. In addition, they increased funding for mental health programs across the state.
“This one-time additional money will help add teachers back into our classrooms, instruction days to the calendar and address the rising cost of tuition for our college students,” said Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte) the House Republican Leader. “It also provides dedicated funding for mental health programs in Oregon.”
Specifically, for the 2013-15 biennium HB 5101, the Stability for Schools and Seniors Act, adds $100 million to the State School Fund for K-12 education; $25 million to the Oregon University system; $15 million to the Community College Support Fund; and $20 million to the Oregon Health Authority for mental health services. The measure also provided a budget note for the higher education funding indicating that the money should be used to freeze or limit the increases in tuition and fees for the second year of the biennium. For the Oregon University System, it targets those tuition limits to resident undergraduate students.
The measure appropriates the money raised by the passage of HB 3601. Both bills were part of the package of legislation being considered by the Oregon Legislature during the special session called by Governor John Kitzhaber.