Federal and County Relations
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.
The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.
President Trump signed the legislation on Thursday.
Lee County is one of 10 government entities participating in a federal drone pilot program, but will be the only one to deploy the technology for pest control.
Water and sewer utility provisions found in the Senate version of the legislation aren't included in the House draft.
A U.S. House task force is looking at the possibility of a 2.0 version of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
"We're very actively working on it," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, who chairs a public works subcommittee.
The prospect of making changes to federally-backed drinking water and sewer lending programs is proving to be controversial.
“There’s a lot to like about this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.
“This issue is of great concern to communities throughout the West,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. “Increasingly, these communities find themselves as targets of overly zealous federal law-enforcement operations.”
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act would be authorized through 2021 under a bill released Thursday.
The House Appropriations Committee included the spending increase in fiscal 2019 legislation for water and energy programs.
The Trump administration's escalating trade disagreement with China doesn't bode well for eight counties with high unemployment.
Tax-exempt advance refunding helped state and local governments save billions of dollars in recent years.
Mayors and others who took part in the lobbying effort are part of a newly formed coalition of small and mid-sized communities.
Most states already prohibit local efforts to restrict the chemicals.
The rail controversy has lawmakers raising questions about guidelines for tax-exempt private activity bonds.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's latest National Level Exercise will take place April 30 to May 11.
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