Oregon Congressman Hopes To Restore Funding To Rural Counties
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is hoping he’ll soon be able to introduce legislation that will help fund rural counties who are bracing for the loss of federal timber payments.
Some counties face insolvency if the Secure Rural Schools Act is not renewed. Congressman DeFazio says he’s working with fellow Democratic Representative Curt Schrader and Republican Representative Greg Walden for a temporary extension. They’re also helping him with a long term plan.
DeFazio says it will put people back to work in Oregon’s second and third growth forests, harvesting timber to raise revenue, and still protect old growth.
“So we don’t look at the prospect of loss of rural sheriff’s patrols, jails, services, road maintenance, other critical things,” DeFazio says. “So, very, very big impact in southwest Oregon, in all my counties, and astronomical impact in terms of the more rural counties, some of which are talking about having to dissolve.”
DeFazio says it’s been tough negotiating with the Republican majority in Congress. But he’s hopeful he’ll have a bill soon.
Copyright 2012 KLCC.
Uncertainty reigns about what federal public lands will be open if the congressional budget standoff leads to a partial government shutdown. Closed national parks and forest campgrounds were among the most visible effects the last time the federal government partially shut down in October 2013. Continue Reading How Will A Government Shutdown Affect Public Lands?
After huge cracks appeared on Rattlesnake Ridge last year, geologists expect a landslide is coming at the mountain near Yakima. But they’re having a hard time nailing down just when it will go. Continue Reading When Will Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Near Yakima ‘Go’? Geologists Say It’s Hard To Predict
A coalition of news outlets have won a partial victory in a public records lawsuit against the Washington Legislature. A judge in Thurston County said lawmakers are subject to the state’s public disclosure law. Continue Reading News Outlets Sue, Judge Agrees: Washington Lawmaker Records Open To Public