The Oregon Legislature just passed one of the biggest tax increases in state history – some $1 billion per year in new revenue for schools. But the new money will do nothing to help Oregon kids if legislators don’t also move immediately to curb the skyrocketing cost of PERS, the public employee pension program. In fact, without PERS reform, much of the new money will get siphoned off to cover the never-ending pension cost growth, doing little to improve Oregon’s poor education results.
Please act now to urge members of the Oregon House of Representatives to support PERS reform legislation. The Senate has already voted on a bill that will save as much as $600 million per year, while still protecting pension funds already earned by Oregon’s public workers. Without those savings, the annual cost of PERS to school districts and other governments will just keep going up at an unsustainable rate -- and it is almost certain that there will be more teacher lay-offs and lost class days even with the $1 billion/year in new tax revenue.
Act now to urge House members to follow the Senate’s example and vote YES for PERS reform. Tell them you want to make sure the new taxes you will be paying actually improve our schools and that will only happen if they act to address the decades-old problem of PERS.