Congress passes emergency corona relief bill for loggers

Congress passes emergency corona relief bill for loggers

From left Hon. Keith Gates who had his investiture Ceremony at the Winn Parish Civic Center, where he took his oath as the newly elected Winnfield City Court judge, and his wife Amber Gates.

Members of Congress recognized the important role the timber harvesting industry plays in the United States economy by including both logging and log hauling businesses in the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020. The bill includes language appropriating $200 million in funding for logging and log trucking businesses who saw a greater than 10 percent loss in revenues from January 1 through December 1, 2020 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as compared to revenues for the same period in 2019.

Logging and log hauling businesses were deemed to be essential service providers, but have struggled with making fixed cost payments as a result of reduced markets for the unrefined forest products they produce.

 

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