Oregon rural counties financial dilemma aired in Congress – but it’ll still be an uphill slog, especially with the Senate
An effort to increase the harvest of trees within BLM O & C lands to help bail out financially strapped rural Oregon counties got a warm but tenuous welcome in the U.S. House on Thursday. Those who took testimony from a number of Oregon Congressmen as well as representatives from budget-busted O&C counties like Douglas, Josephine and Lane, heard their pleas for help – one of them down to three sheriff’s employees for their entire county. Yet hanging over the hearing was the realization that an accelerated cut of federal lands just to help low self-taxing counties isn’t likely to even get off the ground in the U.S. Senate.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.