Restore Oregon’s 2023 Legislative Agenda
Restore Oregon’s Policy & Advocacy Committee is weighing in on and monitoring bills that may impact historic preservation and the arts/culture/heritage sector during this legislative session.
In addition to reacting to proposed bills, Restore Oregon has a proactive legislative agenda:
CACO’s 2023 Policy Agenda
Securing $50M in additional recovery funding for arts, culture, heritage, and humanities, distributed similarly to the CARES allocation of the last cycle.
CACO advocated for this in 2022 and was not successful, largely because previous ARPA funds had not yet been distributed to the field. Some of Oregon’s major venues are seeing ticket sales at 18 percent of what they were pre-pandemic. The need is great. Oregon has more in its general fund than it has in a while, so this is a top priority.
- Allocation of $11.9M in Cultural Resource Economic Funds for 17 projects across the state, ranging from $72,000 to $3 million. Large and small, urban and rural, for a variety of art forms, these funds will complete capital projects preserving cultural offerings across Oregon.
- Directing $200M to Oregon Cultural Trust, spinning off $10-20M per year for operations grants for 1,400 eligible Oregon nonprofits. CACO is asking lawmakers to make good on the original $200M commitment they made to fund the Oregon Cultural Trust by asking for revenue from lottery bonds and will work with county and tribal coalitions to distribute these funds, which will go into an account separately from current grant programs. This is a long-term vision for supporting the sector and will move Oregon into the top rankings for state funding.
- Increasing funding by $10M to grow grant funding at the Oregon Arts Commission.
- Replacing Oregon Cultural Trust administrative cap with a percentage of earnings.