BEND, Ore. (AP) – Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget does not include long-term funding for Oregon State University’s branch campus in Bend.
Oregon State requested $30 million for the campus that’s expanding next year to a four-year institution, but only ranked it fourth on a list of priorities submitted to the governor and Legislature.
Kitzhaber’s proposal includes money for the top two projects – $30 million for a forest science complex and $25 million for an expansion of the Marine Studies Center.
OSU-Cascades already has funding to expand to a four-year school. The request for money from the 2015 Legislature would be used to construct buildings in the future.
Becky Johnson is the top administrator at the Cascades campus. She tells the Bend Bulletin her focus is on developing the first phase of the expanding campus.