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Students Protest In Salem For More Higher Ed Funding


Students participate in a protest at the Capitol building in Salem, protesting the revenue forecast and calling for more funding toward higher education.

Students participate in a protest at the Capitol building in Salem, protesting the revenue forecast and calling for more funding toward higher education.

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Ten people were arrested at the Oregon Capitol on Thursday in a protest timed to coincide with the release of the state revenue forecast.

Approximately ten students were arrested at the Capitol building in Salem on Thursday.

Approximately ten students were arrested at the Capitol building in Salem on Thursday.

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Oregon State Police Lt. Bill Fugate said the protesting students who were arrested were taken to the Marion County Jail and charged with interfering with legislative operations, which is a misdemeanor.

Students at the protest said they were demanding more money to be put toward higher education funding, as revenue forecasts improved. State economists estimated Thursday that Oregonians could receive more than $473 million as the state’s “kicker” law goes into effect. That happens with the state tax collections exceed projections by at least 2 percent. 

Prior to their arrest, protesters interrupted a budgetary meeting and then laid down in the hallway until police removed them. The protest lasted about an hour.

The students arrested were from the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

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