Urge the Co-Chairs to Fully Fund the 2017-19 Veterans Budget and Ballot Measure 96

Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved Ballot Measure 96 by 83 percent last year, dedicating additional funding for veterans services. AOC urges the Legislature to sustain the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs’ general funding this biennium so the BM 96 funds can go toward strengthening and expanding services rather than back-filling budget cuts. See here for AOC resolution of December 12, 2016 opposing a reduction of ODVA general funds.  

The Governor’s Budget contains a $10 million reduction for ODVA’s general funds; the Ways and Means Co-Chair’s Budget contains a $5 million reduction.  Please testify to oppose these reductions.

Please urge veterans leaders in your communities to testify at the following Ways and Means town hall budget hearings. These hearings are opportunities for Oregonians to provide input into the 2017-19 biennium state budget, according to Representative Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) and Senator Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin), the co-chairs of the committee.  

Helpful Information to Support Veterans Testimony Before Ways & Means.  


Friday, February 10 — Salem     

5 to 7 p.m.

Hearing Room F

Oregon State Capitol

900 Court Street NE, Salem


Saturday, February 11 — Portland       

Noon to 2 p.m.

Main Mall, Amo DeBernardis CC Building

PCC, Sylvania campus

12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland


Friday, February 17 — Hermiston    

5 to 7 p.m.

Main Commons

Hermiston High School

600 S 1st St, Hermiston