Speech to Text for Residents react after $2 billion education tax passes Oregon Senate
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continuing coverage on the student success act... that will pump a billion dollars a year into oregon schools... if the governor signs it. the senate passed the bill yesterday that's expected to decrease class sizes -- and boost performance in the classroom. it would tax businesses with sales of more than a million dollars in oregon. republicans argue the bill ignores the public employees retirement system and what they call a tsunami of money going to the state pension fund. but, democrats say it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in our kids and provide a source of stable, meaningful funding. lew frederick: "i'm still numb, i'm not sure i believe this is happened yet. i thought this thing was under control in a way that i didn't know if we would come back." stitch herman baertschiger: "trying to work in a bi-partisan way and that's what we were really asking for all along just for our constituents who felt like they were being ignored and so we had to do something to get the attention of the leadership." the measure now goes to governor kate brown for her signature. many people here in our community are calling this a victory. kezi 9 news reporter jessica babb spoke with parents about why they say this money is so important for our children. matt, renee -- it's quiet right now in downtown eugene - but that wasn't the case last week when many educators were rallying for this funding. many educators are excited about this and so are parents... many are saying they hope the funding will help schools reach all students. < "i looked at the people i was sitting next to.. ah it passed the senate, excellent." the student success act is now one signature away from becoming law in oregon.. and people are excited about the thought of one billion dollars a year in funding for schools. "like i said hooray.. anything that helps support students." representative julie fahey says it's an historic bill. part of that money will be allocated directly to school districts, early childhood programs and other statewide programs. many parents say it's about time oregon classrooms saw more funding. "i think it can't really ever be enough and i hope it goes in exactly the right place - providing quality education for our kids." fahey says the money will be used for specific purposes - so they can make sure it'll impact student learning. the senate passed the bill just days after thousands of people all across the state walked out and voiced their concerns about the lack of funding. "it is saying we all understand now is the time to fund schools." and while fahey says we won't start to see significant impacts from this bill until the 20-21 school year -- people in the community say it's a step in the right direction. "it's a great idea and i'm glad our state legislature pulled it