Print this ArticlePrint this Article Email this ArticleEmail this Article
Text Size: A | A | A

Timber counties aid won't be cut by sequestration

 Posted: 3:05 PM December 23, 2013

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The mandatory 5-percent budget cuts known as sequestration will not apply to next month's federal subsidy checks to timber counties.

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Peter DeFazio announced Monday that determination came from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Oregon timber counties are to share $100 million from Wyden's Secure Rural Schools Act subsidies. The checks go out in January to cover the period ending last Sept. 30. Earlier payments were cut by sequestration. It was not immediately clear what led to the change.

The program makes up for cuts in federal timber revenues paid to counties since logging was cut back on federal lands in the 1990s to protect fish and wildlife. Since then, automation has further reduced Oregon timber jobs, and counties have struggled.


Reader Reaction
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form. New comments are only accepted for two weeks from the date of publication.
COUPON OF THE WEEK