On Friday March 23rd, President Trump signed into law a 2,232 page, $1.3 trillion spending package. The agreement averted a government shutdown and will fund the federal government through September 30th of this year, bringing at least a temporary reprieve from short-term month-to-month funding extensions and partisan bickering over spending levels. The overall $1.3 trillion in appropriations represents the highest level of funding for the federal government since FY 2011.
While the increase in spending will provide benefits to Oregon counties in a number of ways, it will also most likely push the federal deficit past $1 trillion for the first time since 2012, one milestone to be less than excited about. That said, the funding for timber counties, efforts to boost infrastructure, support for public health and fighting the opioid epidemic, increases to important transportation programs and other key county programs are worth celebrating.
Contributed by: Mike Eliason | AOC Legislative Director