Economic Bailout Renews Secure Rural Schools Act

Last Updated: November 06, 2008

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This article appeared in the November 2008 Rural Policy Matters.

The federal "bailout" bill for the banking industry also renews the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The Act provides funding to many counties and school districts with national forests, which cannot be taxed to generate local revenue for schools and other essential services. The Act was initially passed in 2000. But earlier renewal efforts and failed and year-to-year appropriations expired September 30 with the end of the federal fiscal year.

The four-year, $3.3 billion extension will reach some 700 counties and 4,400 school districts in 39 states. Oregon is the largest recipient, followed by California, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

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National coverage of the Senate version of the bailout bill which included the Rural Schools Act and other stalled tax provisions: Washington state coverage including discussion of timber county legislators:

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