Oregon’s public universities and community colleges will be among the first in line to get more money if a budget compromise results in more revenue and lower employee pension costs.
Students are facing higher tuition bills next year, but university officials say those tuition increases could be reduced or even eliminated if Republicans and Democrats can reach a budget deal. The parties have been deadlocked in a debate over pension cuts and increases in tax revenue.
The state House is scheduled to vote Thursday on two-year spending plans for universities and community colleges. Both are on track for increases in state support after four years of cuts, although they’ll still be below their state funding levels from 2007 despite higher enrollment.