HEPPNER, Oregon – State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) supported programs in the Oregon Legislature that will bring more than $25 million in funding to the 57th District. He says he’s especially proud that the Legislature named Eastern Oregon University the state’s rural university, which he says brings more than just a title to the La Grande school.
“It helps protect the university from the major universities like Portland State University and Oregon State when it comes to budgeting priorities,” he said.
Smith added that EOU can market itself in other states, like Idaho and Wyoming, for students who relish a rural environment. In addition, he secured $9 million in funding to build a new field-house at the university, which is the closest four-year higher learning institution to his district.
Smith, who is vice-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, says another important achievement is a tax credit for dairy farmers to handle their waste material.
“Morrow County is now the dairy capital of Oregon, with more cows than any other county,” he said.
Smith’s district starts in western Umatilla County and moves west to encompass Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco counties.