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.
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