Education Funding, Marijuana Hearings, & Paid Sick leave

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Tim Knopp

$8 Billion for Education

Hello Friends,

This week on the Senate Floor I brought attention to the serious lack of prioritization of education funding by the majority party. When Republicans controlled at least one chamber of the Legislature over a decade ago, education was funded at 44.7% of the discretionary budget. The majorities since have consistently eroded education funding to dangerously low levels today. The Co-Chairs latest budget is no better. Lowering the percentage of education funding to one of the lowest levels in nearly 20 years.

My Republican colleagues and I are encouraging Democrats to join us in supporting $8 billion for education. I hope my Democrat colleagues will take this into consideration and work with us to solve this problem. While I recognize that funding alone will not solve Oregon's education problems, I will continue to work for more choices and opportunities for students, parents, and teachers to peruse their passion in education.

Below you will see an infographic showing the decline of education spending under the Democratic controlled Legislature contrasted with the Republican plan for the upcoming budget.

Democrat Control: A Decade of Deprioritizing Education

Local Public Hearings on Marijuana

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will be holding a community listening session regarding marijuana on Thursday, February 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend. The details are belowThis is a good opportunity for local citizens interested in this issue to comment directly to the OLCC about marijuana.

What: OLCC Public listening session on marijuana

When: Thursday, February 19, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Riverhouse Convention Center, Cascade Rooms G-I, 2850 NW Rippling River Court, Bend, OR 97701

I hope to see you there.

Paid Sick Leave Public Hearing

When: Monday, Feburary 16, 6-8 pm

Where: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 9730, Hearing Room F

I encourage you to share you thoughts with me about paid sick leave.


Best Regards,


Senator Tim Knopp

email: I phone: 503-986-1727
address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301