Wednesday, April 01, 2009

One man's "pork"…

…is another's employment. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) explains How A Bill Becomes A Job
The Forest Service has begun the process of awarding contracts for forest health projects. In Oregon, they’ve already allocated over $10 million with more to come. The Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune recently looked at how $3 million of those funds will be used. They found that because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 150 people will be put to work promoting forest health and helping prevent wildfires in Southern Oregon, with some of those people to start work immediately. Many of these jobs are coming to Jackson County, which currently has a 14 percent unemployment rate.
Sorry scoffers, turns out that clearing brush is economic stimulus.

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