SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Leaders from counties that depend on federal timber payments to pay for roads and police say they're hopeful that proposed federal legislation might help restore critical funding that recently expired.
County officials were in Salem on Monday to explain their dire financial situation to Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The counties are concerned about their financial viability after the expiration of federal spending intended to make up for dwindling logging revenue from national forests.
Over the weekend, three Oregon congressmen published a column in the Oregonian outlining a proposal to increase logging on some federal forest land while designating other areas for conservation.
Democrats Kurt Schrader and Peter Defazio, and Republican Greg Walden, said they hope the plan would provide long-term stability for the counties.
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