Federal and County Relations
COMMENTARY | County officials say that "payments in lieu of taxes" are necessary for providing key services, including fighting wildfires.
Two senators are working on a proposal meant to get local governments in logging country off a funding "rollercoaster."
State and local officials had some ideas for Congress at a Wednesday hearing on Capitol Hill.
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One state and one local official told a congressional committee that smaller jurisdictions require additional federal technical assistance for priority upgrades to voting equipment and security.
National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.
An official with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Friday acknowledged some of the limits to what the funding can achieve.
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.
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