Speech to Text for New Budget Would Bring Millions To Oregon
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come to oregon. walden-llsotvo alicia says: the secure rural schools act - known as s-r-s is included in the funding bill -- which is a big deal, since it has not been a part of oregon state funding since 2015. senator jeff merkley, ron wyden, and greg walden all pushed for this bill. they say s-r-s payments are crucial to keep schools and libraries open. they say those funds also help maintain roads, keep police officers on the streets, and provide mental health resources in rural counties. ----- senator merkley says it's not as much funding as we've seen in the past, but it's close. merkley says: the counties are really hurting on their services and these are funds i can be using variety of ways and education and transportation and public safety. with the s-r-s now funded again all of these areas should benefit. walden says: 426 million is for the program over the course of two years and we actually pay for that buys selling off our sir plus oil on the tj petroleum reserves and so that's how we're doing that now oregon won't see all of that 426 million dollars -- that total will be devided betwen states that were impacted by a lack of management in federal forest lands. oregon has alwaysbeen towards the top of that list. so while we don't know an exact dollar amount that oregon will see from a result of this walden says it's safe to say that our state will benefit. walden says: we did it this time and i think the counties are welcome only surprised and pleased. now this s-r-s plan in the budget would expire after two years. coming up on newswatch 12 at 6 i'll be lawmakers on capitol hill are debating a spending bill as