Poll reveals Oregonians priorities for budget

Salem, Ore.- A poll conducted on behalf of the Oregon School Boards Association shows Oregonians support K-12 public education as the state’s top funding priority.

The poll was conducted in February and surveyed 600 registered Oregon voters. The full survey can be found on the OSBA website.

Oregon currently faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the 2017-19 biennium.

“This poll clearly shows how much Oregonians value our public schools, and are willing to tackle the difficult choices we need to make so our students receive the education they deserve,” said Betty Reynolds, president of the OSBA board of directors.

 

The poll released Monday shows, of those surveyed, 66 percent support amending the state constitution to require fully funding K-12 education. 61 percent support using kicker and rainy day funds for education.

The poll also revealed the majority of those surveyed would like to see the budget gap closed through a reduction in spending rather than an increase in taxes.

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