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Governor plans to plow federal cash into into housing, other rural initiatives in Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media)

An unexpected $6 billion flowing into the state treasury could fuel a “rapid economic recovery” in Oregon by helping workers, giving businesses more stabilities and providing communities cash for major projects.

That means a lot of new help could flow to Malheur County and other rural areas of the state.

The money is part of the massive American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion dollar package approved recently by Congress.

 “There are a lot of really cool ideas that are happening in eastern Oregon,” said Courtney Crowell, regional solutions coordinator for the state based in Baker City. “I’m hopeful this new funding can get some of those projects moving.”

Gov. Kate Brown last week announced broad outlines of how she would spend the money . . .