OREGON

Students Protest In Salem For More Higher Ed Funding

May 14, 2015 / Phil Lesch

OPB
May 14th, 2015

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

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.

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