Legislators announce budget-focused town hall meetings across Oregon

SALEM — The Oregon Legislative Assembly’s budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee will hold a series of public hearings in seven cities across the state beginning Feb. 10.

The town hall events will create opportunities for Oregonians to provide input into the 2017-19 biennial state budget, according to Rep. Nancy Nathanson, D-Eugene, and Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, the co-chairs of the committee.

Eastern Oregon residents will be able to attend meetings Feb. 17 in Hermiston or Feb. 18 in Madras.

Earlier this month, the co-chairs released an “existing resources framework,” recognizing that existing revenues fall $1.8 billion short of the funding necessary to continue state services at current levels.