University students and teachers in Bend Monday breathed a sigh of relief when they saw state Democrats’ budget proposal.
Under the latest state budget proposal, Oregon State University’s regional campus in Bend would remain open.
Central Oregon correspondent Ethan Lindsey reports.
Under the Democrats’ draft budget, Oregon State University Cascades will be cut 15 percent. So will all the state university’s regional campuses and community colleges.
Democratic Senator Margaret Carter, from Portland, said that in this case, community and media outcry changed her position.
Sen. Margaret Carter: “We had to find some money so that we wouldn’t cut OSU Cascades. But I am still asking the question.”
That's a question she had asked before, when she threatened the Bend campus with complete elimination.
Sen. Margaret Carter: “Can Oregon continue to afford 8 systems of higher education?”
A cut of 15 percent could mean a reduction of more than $600,000 from the school’s annual budget.
Even so, some members of the faculty say news of a 15 percent cut was something of a relief, given the alternative.