Senator Ron Wyden appears to have been “caught looking” while trying come up with a long-term funding bill for the nation’s highways. Other legislators grabbed the football away just before he thought he could kick it. And the same appears possibly in the offing when it comes to the seemingly ever-lasting debate over how to get more federal timber money to cash-strapped 18 O&C counties in Oregon – some of which are teetering on bankruptcy.
But as is too often the case in Washington, the sound and fury of the debate seems to be putting everyone off – environmental protection groups dead set against Wyden’s latest compromise legislation that allows “managed” timber harvesting – environmental groups don’t think it’s properly managed at all – while local governments bellow that Wyden’s bill doesn’t allow enough trees to be cut to produce sufficient local revenue.
Here’s more in the Oregonian. Click here.