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Congressman McClintock talks schools, economy

Greyson Howard and Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun
Contributed photoOn a whirlwind tour of Truckee Friday, Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, stopped by the Sierra Sun office to discuss a few local, state, and federal issues.

On a whirlwind tour of Truckee Friday, Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, stopped by the Sierra Sun office to discuss a few local, state, and federal issues.

He said he’ll be coming back to his district ” the 4th congressional district of California that spans from Tahoe up to the Oregon border ” once a week to visit different communities.

McClintock, in his first year representing this district of California after winning a tight election last November, said he is in the middle of nominating area transportation projects for the Transportation Reauthorization Bill ” the closest an Interstate 80 project in Roseville.

“I don’t believe a taxpayer in Iowa should be paying for a local street in Alaska. There has to be a federal nexus,” McClintock said.

McClintock said he is still getting up to speed on the Mousehole ” the Highway 89 undercrossing of the Union Pacific Railroad ” something that his predecessor, John Doolittle, helped acquire federal funding for in the past.

McClintock also spoke to the current lack of funding in school districts, causing ones like the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to cut dozens of staff members and teachers.

“You have to look back at the management model,” McClintock said. “A generation ago, we did far more with far less. How did we do that?

“I think now parents feel their opinions don’t matter at much. They learn that in kindergarten when they’re enrolling their students. Since the 60s and 70s, we’ve been centralizing … and unionizing our public schoo system so it doesn’t work anymore.”

As a solution, McClintock said he would push for more local control of everything from funding to curriculum.

“If you take all the debt accumulated by the federal government from George Washington to the Bush administration ” which was the most fiscally reckless I’ve seen ” that entire debt will double in the next five years and triple in 10,” McClintock said. “If you reduce the burdens on productivity productivity increases, but if you expand government spending and taxes in the middle of a recession it could trigger a depression.”

McClintock said forest management to reduce fire hazard is a key issue for this part of his district.

On the issue of forestry, McClintock said he will be meeting Monday in Quincy about 150 pink slips issued in the local timber industry, which he said is the result of environmental litigation.

“The same folks opposed to clear cutting are adamantly are all right with forest fires doing the same thing,” McClintock said.

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