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Busy political week in Salem and at Sylvania and Southeast Center

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Well, the five days of hearings on the 2009-11 budgets for the community colleges has begun. About a half dozen of us were down in Salem this morning before the Education Subcommittee of Ways and Means – the budget-writing committee in the Legislature.

It’s an incredibly busy week, politically. I can’t go down to tomorrow’s hearing because we’ll have Gov. Ted Kulongoski on the Sylvania Campus from 10 a.m. to noon. He’s here to unveil a new advisory committee focusing on environmental issues.

He’ll also hear a report about using our 2008 bond money, and possibly some federal money, to retrofit Sylvania and make it the greenest campus possible. That’s pretty exciting. Stay tuned; I’ll write more on that later.

Then the Southeast Center campus hosts a town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, April 2). That’s the campus at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division. Lawmakers taking part include Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, Rep. Michael Dembrow and Rep. Ben Cannon. I understand that Sen. Richard Devlin, the Senate majority leader, will be there as well. This is a great opportunity to speak to these lawmakers and tell them what’s on your mind.

Finally, it’s back to Salem next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 to 8, for more budget hearings. That includes some PCC testimony on Wednesday.



About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »


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