Central Oregon lawmakers are pushing for almost two million dollars in Lottery bonding authority to finance a growth project at OSU-Cascades. House Bill 36-27 would pave the way for a new graduate level facility at the school. “Bend and Central Oregon have been especially hard hit by the recession;” and Representative Jason Conger says this bill will help build a public-private partnership that could spur job creation and help attract new businesses to our area. The bill would authorize $1.95 million in bonding authority backed by State Lottery revenues dedicated to economic development. Conger says Central Oregon needs the jobs and the university really needs the classroom space. Under the plan, Bend Research would lease part of the building for a research and development facility. A private donor is coming to the table with $800,000. OSU-Cascades has set aside $1-million for the project.