Thursday, May 21, 2009

ORS Admin. Says Agency is Hopeful for 2010

Despite recent cuts during the 2009 1st Special Session of the State Legislature, the Office of Recovery Services is hopeful that they can manage cuts without significant layoffs. ORS administration said that the legislature has increased the amount of money it is willing to draw from federal stimulus money without using General Fund money. However, the agency will still implement changes to accomodate mounting budget cuts.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DSPD Funding Restored, ORS Stunted by Cuts

The UPEA staff have been monitoring today's Interim and 1st Special Session of the 2009 Legislature. Prior to today, UPEA met with policymakers to discuss the loss of funding in DSPD that resulted in a loss of Federal Match funds. UPEA is happy to report that the funding cut during the session has been restored by House Bill 1003. UPEA would like to thank Rep. Paul Ray, the Governor's Office, and other members of the committee who helped with this issue.

UPEA is concerned that the Office of Recovery Services will lose a significant portion of their funding with Senate Bill 1004 (see lines 214-219). UPEA has been putting in calls with legislators and ORS. We will update members when we know more.