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[greenyes] Vote Today on Limiting Taxpayer Subsidies for Logging


ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE NEWS (EARN)


News Brief

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2005; 1:50 p.m. EDT) -- Senators John E. Sununu
(R-N.H.) and Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) propose to limit taxpayer subsidies for
building logging roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.
Through an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill, which will
likely come to a vote later today, the senators seek to prevent a situiation
where taxpayer expenditures far exceed economic benefits.
The U.S. Forest Service lost an estimated $48 million last year, with
only about $800,000 in revenue, according to Senator Sununu and a Washington
Post editorial today.
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