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April 14
​Rural Action Caucus Leaders Meet in D.C. to Promote Rural County Priorities

Last week, more than 20 members of the Rural Action Caucus (RAC) traveled from counties across the country to discuss pressing rural county legislative and policy issues during the RAC fly-in in Washington. Participating RAC members met with more than 60 members of Congress and key committee and federal agency staff to discuss many crucial county priorities, including Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding, tax reform and the potential impact on municipal bonds and surface transportation reauthorization.  For a full list of the 2014 RAC priorities, click here.

In addition to the many meetings on Capitol Hill, RAC members also met with Administration officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss rural county priorities in surface transportation reauthorization.  With counties owning and operating over 44 percent of the nation’s highways and bridges, NACo – including the Rural Action Caucus – is pushing for a long-term reauthorization bill that helps facilitate funding directly to state and local governments while expanding opportunities for rural areas.  To view county priorities on surface transportation reauthorization, click here.

While the Rural Action Caucus was in Washington, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Environment and Public Works  Committee, and Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee held a press conference to outline their plans and priorities for MAP-21 reauthorization, which included a renewed focus on rural priorities. To view the clip of this press conference, click here.

RAC members also met with Rural Development representatives at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss regional rural innovation, community and economic development and the new White House “Made in Rural America” Export Initiative. The group was joined by Lillian Salerno, Administrator for USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative; Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development; and Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development Minnesota State Director. RAC members offered insight into how rural county officials utilize Rural Development resources.

For complete photo coverage from this year’s fly-in please click here.

Contact: Arthur Scott at ascott@naco.org or 202.942.4230 

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