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Nationís taxpayers still paying for owl flap, 22 years later
Human Events ^ | 1/9/2013 | Audrey Hudson

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 industry’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: owl
Amazing! She found something Congress does not already subsidize!

But don't worry! They never miss an opportunity to spend!

1 posted on 01/09/2013 2:43:01 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota
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