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Regan wants refugee resolution

Kootenai County commissioners are considering a resolution that assures, if Syrian refugees resettle here, the federal government sends money to alleviate possible local financial burdens. The proposed resolution was brought to the commissioners on Monday by Coeur d'Alene resident Brent Regan. It is among at least three refugee-related resolutions being presented to counties in North Idaho. The Kootenai County commissioners agreed to have legal staff review Regan's proposal and resume the discussion at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, but appeared generally receptive to the resolution. "A (possible resettlement) could have significant financial impact to areas," Commissioner Marc Eberlein said. However, Mark Kadel, director for the World Relief office in Spokane, one of nine agencies contracted by the State Department to provide resettlement to refugees, said the proposal is redundant and unnecessary because the refugee program is already federally-funded/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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