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Editorial: Malheur commissioners miss opportunity to boost economic recovery

(The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

The Malheur County Court needs to explain why it is sitting idle as other government agencies work to restore the local economy. The three county commissioners weeks ago should have been asking: How can we help? Instead, they seem to be instead asking: Why should we help?

The global pandemic has damaged the Malheur County economy, no question. And uncertainty remains for the months and weeks ahead. Economists say it will be a year or more before the U.S. economy pulls even again. Meantime, the number of people without jobs remains high. Local businesses are fighting every day to stay alive. And warnings are clear that well-paying government jobs are next to disappear.

A consortium of local interests stepped up in April to do something about it. The group decided bringing on an . . .