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Hanvelt Discusses Tuolumne County’s Economy

Tuolumne County Supervisor Randy Hanvelt has been dealing with tough times over the past few years and continues to see both problems and solutions for Tuolumne County.

Hanvelt was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

“For the first time in several years, Tuolumne County is finally being paid attention to, both at a state level and a federal level” said Hanvelt. “The downside is that it took the Rim Fire for us to be noticed. I’ve been to Sacramento several times this year and people are no longer are confused as to where we are located.”

Hanvelt continued, “But I remain concerned about several issues including public safety, road repairs, the forest and recreational opportunities. Our budget is tight.”

Last night during the State of the Union, President Obama said that the economy of the country is strong. Governor Jerry Brown made a similar claim regarding California during his State of the State Address two weeks ago.

Hanvelt said, “Our economy is not strong. There are sections of this country and this state, such as Silicon Valley that are doing okay, but we are not feeling it in Tuolumne County. We continue to decline in population and the big reason is jobs. We need jobs and we need to feel part of that economic boon.”

The Board of Supervisors continues to work with both Larry Cope in the Economic Development Authority to develop jobs and with the Stanislaus National Forest Service.

Additionally, Hanvelt has been active with the Fire Safe Council and has been helping to address specific issues in which fire safety and forest management remains a concern.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am