PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 

Climate change is on the radar for rural voters in Iowa. Plus, the Senate impeachment rules.

2020Talks - January 21, 2020 

Candidates attended the Iowa Brown & Black Forum in Des Moines, and answered tough questions about their records on race. It was MLK Day, and earlier many were in South Carolina marching together to the State Capitol.

Congressional Plan Would Restore Funding to OR’s Rural Forest Communities

September 28, 2007

Portland, OR – The economic outlook for Oregon’s rural counties is brighter today after a U.S. House committee approved a four-year expansion of so-called “county payments.” They are compensation for states that have seen a reduction in timber sale revenues, coupled with large amounts of federal land that can’t be taxed.

Mike Anderson, with The Wilderness Society, says Oregon’s rural communities need to have a steady source of income to help with schools, law enforcement and other vital services.

"It’s important to have funding stability so they can plan ahead and people who work for those local governments can feel some security that the funding will be there for at least a few years."

Anderson adds, in addition to funding schools, public health, law enforcement and libraries, county payments also have an important environmental impact.

"About 20 percent of the funding that goes to Oregon goes directly towards environmentally sound restoration projects out in the national forest lands."

A similar bill received overwhelming support in the senate earlier this year. The legislation provides funding to counties based on historical timber receipts, the concentration of public land, and the area’s current economic condition.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR