State may help with funds for Oregon timber counties

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SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Legislature is deciding whether to help out Oregon timber counties that are running out of money.

Lawmakers are considering several ideas that would allow the state to take over critical government functions and impose a temporary income tax on county residents.

State lawmakers who back the intervention say the state has a strong interest in making sure that  there is at least a basic level of government in place so people are safe and can exercise their right to vote.