Spring Break comes to the Coast.
It has been over a year since we started down this COVID pathway. It amazes me how long this year feels and how fast it has gone by. Many lessons have been learned in this past year, one of those in particular, Oregonians head to the Coast to get away! We had them in droves last year and it appears it will be the case again this year starting with Spring Break. Vacations at the coast are a special time for families and we are excited to have them celebrate in our restaurants, shops, hotels and vacation rentals. It is a good opportunity to show all Oregonians how special the coast is.
I am a member of the Coastal Caucus in the Legislature. This bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives are solely focused on our issues here on the Coast. We listen to each other’s bills, discuss the merits and then try to advocate for those bills to become law. This has been very effective group, regardless of the partisanship that exists in and around the state, the Coastal Caucus is focused on our interests. As the Legislature moves into the next phase of policy making and budgeting, things will pick up tremendously in Salem. I will continue to advocate to open the building for public input as well as allow for video testimony from those that want to speak to a specific bill either in person or via video.
Please use olis.oregonlegislature.gov site to keep up to date on hearings, and follow bills.
Coos Bay Wildfire relief funding coming soon – hopefully last summer’s fires were devastating to our community. The Ways and Means Committee (of which I am a member) passed a bill that would provide much needed funding to the counties affected by the wildfires this past year. We were able to get a large amount of funding for Lincoln County on the Coast. It sits on President Courtney’s desk for a full vote of the chamber. This money will provide critical resources in our recovery efforts. From rebuilding housing to restoring infrastructure, this money will go a long way toward helping our area bounce back and help people who were devastated by fires. I will continue to work hard and find ways to help our communities recover.
Congress passed the American Rescue Plan and President Biden signed it into law. The $1.9 trillion bill has substantial new funding for COVID-19 response, personal relief measures, small business assistance, and state and local funding. Some of you have already received your checks in your bank account. $5.8 billion is headed to Oregon in some capacity with most going to cities and counties or grants to families and businesses. I would urge each of you to contact the cities and counties to discuss their plans for allocation of the money received.
Here is the list. Dollars are approximate until final numbers are released. City allotment: Tillamook: $1,091,530, Sheridan: $1,266,828, Lincoln City: $1,869,157, Depoe Bay: $305,547, Siletz: $266,003, Newport: $2,212,209, Toledo: $742,771, Waldport: $454,550, Yachats: $159,806, Florence: $1,865,284, Dunes City: $286,590, Reedsport: $838,165, Lakeside: $366,493, North Bend: $1,991,049, Coos Bay: $3,334,926.
County allotment: Tillamook: $5.24 million, Yamhill: $20.77 million, Polk: $16.696 million, Lincoln: $9.690 million, Lane: $74.100 million, Douglas: $21.524 million, Coos: $12.507 million.
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