Skip to comments.Nationís taxpayers still paying for owl flap, 22 years later
Posted on 01/09/2013 2:42:53 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota
Christopher Weaver was one of thousands of prisoners released from Oregon jails last year until his get-out-of-jail-free card quickly turned into a round-trip ticket and he was arrested a few hours later for robbing a bank.
Local officials blamed the purge of 5,500 jailbirds including Weaver on dwindling federal funds marked for prison operations, but that revenue source was intended to be only a temporary economic fix. Those funds backfilled local tax revenue losses following the Oregon timber industrys sharp decline in production after the 1990 spotted owl controversy.
The release of these inmates from the Lane County Jail is directly related to the significant reduction in federal funding and is indicative of the lack of active management of the federal forests that make up half our land base, Sid Leiken, Lane County commissioner said in a statement Dec. 1 after the Weaver incident.
Congress has all but completely walked away from this promise, Leiken said.
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But don't worry! They never miss an opportunity to spend!