Sequestration will not affect federal aid to timber counties

Sequestration will not affect federal aid to timber counties

Oregon's timber counties will not be affected by mandatory budget cuts to January's federal subsidy checks.

Oregon timber counties are to share $100 million from Wyden’s Secure Rural Schools Act subsidies. The checks go out in January to cover the period ending last Sept. 30. Earlier payments were cut by the automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect last spring.

It was not immediately clear what led to the change. Oregon’s share is the biggest of 41 states splitting $329 million. Oregon’s share is less than half what it got in 2008.

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