Oregon’s budget challenge

Our state is facing a budget shortfall of nearly $1.8 billion for the next two years. This immense financial challenge calls for all of us to pitch in on finding a solution.

At Oregon Environmental Council we realize balancing all our state’s needs is difficult. But we also know there’s hope this legislative session. We know we can make a difference by finding solutions for healthy transportation options; clean energy jobs; clean engines for clean air; plentiful water; and climate protection (read more about our legislative priorities).

And we remain focused on finding opportunities that protect Oregon’s unique natural resources. (Read more about the cuts Oregon is facing to natural resources in this release, shared with our partners at Oregon Conservation Network.)

Clean air and plentiful water – traditionally proud staples of Oregon’s suite of natural resources are at risk of losing their luster without our action and your support.

We’ve known for years that Oregon needs more revenue to meet the growing demands of our growing state. We can and must do better.

We encourage you to join your neighbors for budget town halls, scheduled across the state in coming weeks.  Voice your support; share your thoughts on how all of us in Oregon may meet the growing demands for our growing state during this important legislative session.

Budget-Focused Town Hall Meetings Across Oregon

Friday, February 10 — Salem
5 to 7 p.m.
Hearing Room F
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE, Salem

Saturday, February 11 — Portland  
Noon to 2 p.m.
Main Mall, Amo DeBernardis CC Building
PCC, Sylvania campus
12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland

Friday, February 17 — Hermiston
5 to 7 p.m.
Main Commons
Hermiston High School
600 S 1st St, Hermiston

Saturday, February 18 — Madras
1 to 3 p.m.
Performing Arts Center
Madras High School
390 SE 10th St, Madras

Friday, February 24 — Ashland
5 to 7 p.m.
Rogue River Room
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland

Saturday, February 25 — Eugene
1 to 3 p.m.
Rooms 308-309 Building 17 (The Forum)
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene

Friday, March 3 — Tillamook    
6 to 8 p.m.
Officer’s Mess
Port of Tillamook Bay
6825 Officers Row, Tillamook


Contact your local lawmaker and let them know that you believe Oregon should maintain its commitment to protecting our natural resources including clean air, water and protecting our climate this legislative session.

Your voice has the power to make an impact on protecting the air, water and health of Oregon now and for future generations.

After all, #ItsYourOregon

TIPS: Ask a Question of a Legislator in a Town Hall Meeting

By asking questions in such a public forum, you can raise awareness about issues of importance and push them onto your legislator’s agenda. Here a few tips and tricks to maximize your town hall visit:

What should I expect from this meeting?
Legislators often arrive early to speak with constituents one-on-one, so be sure to arrive early. You can also use this time to sign up to ask a question during the Q&A portion of the meeting.

What do I need to know about asking my question?
Begin by stating your name and town of residence. Thank the legislator for holding the town hall meeting. Ask your question clearly, speak clearly and be concise. After the legislator responds, be sure to thank them for answering your question.

What should I ask?
Don’t be nervous – you’re their constituent and your opinion matters!

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