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Jim Huffman on Environment

 


End restrictions for logging federal timber land

Huffman favors restraining government so the private sector can flourish and create jobs. He argued for extending tax breaks up for review in Congress, an end to stimulus spending, a balanced budget amendment, free trade and an ease on business regulations and on restrictions for logging federal timber land.

Wyden argued that tax reform, timber land use compromises and government efforts to foster more green industries promise to give Oregon's economy a boost.

Source: OregonLive.com coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate debate Oct 22, 2010

Upset at impact on rural communities from logging ban

Huffman says the federal government cripples small businesses with uncertainty over taxes and has crushed Oregon's rural economy by barring logging on 80% of federal public lands, which make up 53% of the state. "Nothing has gotten me more upset in the 6 months I have spent traveling around the state than seeing the impact on the rural communities of what the federal government has done with the natural resources in this state," he said.

Wyden says Huffman's opposition to complicated legislation he' worked out among warring interests over the use of forests in Eastern Oregon defines how the two candidates differ. "He doesn't want people to work to find common ground," Wyden said.

Huffman said he opposes Wyden's forestry plan because it forges agreements with some, but not all, of the parties involved. Some mills, e.g., would not benefit from the Eastside Forest Plan, and he questions whether it would create any more jobs. "I'm not against collaboration," he said. "We need to be realistic."

Source: Oregon Live coverage of 2010 Oregon Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

Feds own 50% of Oregon and they keep it locked up

Oregon has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources, but for some reason we have decided to lock them up. Interest groups and politicians have denied us our birthright of vast expanses of timber, rich soils, and productive fisheries.

The federal government owns 50% of Oregon. They have made most of that land unavailable for economically productive use. They refuse to manage the fuel load in the forests--so they burn. And when they go up in smoke, Oregonians' jobs go up in smoke with them

Source: Campaign website, www.Huffmanforsenate.com, "Issues" Jul 27, 2010

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