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PERS and/or Revenue Reform: What's Possible? - Friday Forum
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Date(s): February 17, 2017
Time: 12:15 PM  PST - 1:15 PM  PST
Sentinel Hotel 614 SW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97205

As the Oregon Legislature faces a $1.8B budget hole, many are asking: "Where's the urgency? and "What's possible?" Can PERS costs be lowered? Are there revenue solutions? Can one happen without the other? And, if legislators punt this session, who pays the price?

To begin, we will start with a refresher on "Oregon Values and Beliefs" by John Horvick. Then Oregonian reporter Betsy Hammond will facilitate a panel discussion.

John Horvick is Vice President and Political Director at DHM Research, a nonpartisan and independent public opinion firm. Horvick has conducted hundreds of surveys and moderated focus groups across the state around Oregonians' values, beliefs and public policy preferences. He is also a past-president of the City Club of Portland.


Tim Nesbitt is a contributing columnist for The Oregonian and, in the November 2016 general election, served as an advisor to the successful campaign for Measure 98, to improve high school funding and graduation rates. From 2013 to 2015, Nesbitt served as chair of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Prior to that, he served as manager of Governor John Kitzhaber’s Education Investment Project and as Chief of Staff for Governor Ted Kulongoski. Nesbitt served as Executive Director for the Oregon State Council of SEIU from 1997-99 and as the elected president of the Oregon AFL-CIO from 1999 to 2005.

John Tapogna is President of ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm, and oversees the firm's overall business strategy and operations. During his 20 years at EcoNorthwest, Tapogna has developed a specialization in education, healthcare, human services, and tax policy.
Prior to joining ECONorthwest, Tapogna was an analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

Jim Green is the Executive Director of the Oregon School Boards Association, a state-wide association dedicated to improving student achievement through advocacy, leadership and service to locally elected, volunteer public school boards across Oregon. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director and in legislative advocacy roles. Green currently serves as a volunteer, elected member of the Salem-Keizer School Board. He received his law degree from
Willamette University.

Betsy Hammond is the interim Managing Producer and Politics Team Editor at The Oregonian, where she has worked as a journalist covering education, politics and demographics for nearly two decades.


John Horvick

Jim Green

Tim Nesbitt

John Tapogna

Betsy Hammond


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