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$2 billion education package moves forward in Oregon Legislature

Rally signs from Oregon educators line the Capitol during the February 18, 2019 March for Our Students. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

SALEM — A $1 billion-per-year tax plan to boost education cleared a major procedural hurdle in the Capitol Monday — and it got a big political boost in the process.

The legislation, House Bill 3427, goes to the House following Monday evening’s party-line vote in the Joint Student Success Committee.

The milestone follows more than a year of work by the committee to seek ways to improve local schools and find the money to do so. The bipartisan group of lawmakers visited school districts across Oregon, hearing from students, parents, teachers, administrators . . .