Rep. Mitch Greenlick again pitched the merger of Portland State University with Oregon Health & Science University during a legislative committee presentation.
Greenlick said the economic future of Portland depends on having a major research university, which it could create by merging PSU, the state's largest university, with OHSU, its only medical school. Other prosperous metropolitan areas, such as Boston, San Diego and Seattle, draw on the economic power of comprehensive universities with academic health centers.
"These two institutions inevitably will become a single institution," said Greenlick, who has taught public health classes at both.
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