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Update on Biggert-Waters/FEMA Flood Insurance Legislation

Posted Date: 
January 7, 2014
Contact: 
Deborah Cox, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1846 (introduced by Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Isakson (R-GA).  This legislation delays for four years certain premium increases put forth in the Biggert-Waters Act until FEMA can complete its affordability study and Congress can consider the recommendations of the study—basically directing that Congress and FEMA should understand the ramifications of the Biggert-Waters Act before implementing it.  If this legislation is not implemented, homeowners and business owners across America will see dramatic, unaffordable flood insurance premium increases.  There are currently 27 cosponsors.

NACo Releases New Presentation on the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

Posted Date: 
October 31, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

This week NACo is releasing a new publication on the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The presentation was developed in an effort to continue educating policymakers, county officials and the public about the unique nature of PILT, its history, and why PILT funding matters to over 1,850 counties in 49 states. PILT provides payments to counties and other local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of tax-exempt federal land in their jurisdictions.

NACo's First Ever Cyber Security Publication is Now Available

Posted Date: 
October 1, 2013

Under the leadership of NACo Immediate Past President Chris Rodgers, NACo continues its commitment to educating, preparing, and connecting county leaders with the tools and resources they need to prevent and mitigate the effects of a cyber-attack.

Congress Approves One-Year Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

Posted Date: 
September 30, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Last week the U.S. Congress passed legislation to extend Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding to counties and schools for an additional year (with payments disbursed to counties and schools in January of 2014). The funding was attached to the Helium Stewardship Act (H.R. 527)—which reauthorizes the sale of U.S. Helium reserves—and was approved by a margin of 97-2 in the U.S. Senate and unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives. SRS funding continues to be a top priority for the National Association of Counties.

Letter to USDA and OMB Regarding Sequestration of Secure Rural Schools Payments

Posted Date: 
March 28, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

SRS Letter

Today, a bipartisan group of 31 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Acting Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget concerning the USDA decision to retroactively subject the FY 2012 Secure Rural Schools program funding to sequestration.

2012 SRS Funding – USDA Wants Money Back

Posted Date: 
March 22, 2013
Contact: 
Yejin Jang, Legislative Affairs Department, National Association of Counties

On March 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced to Congress that due to the enactment of the Budget Control Act – which mandated budget reductions totaling $85 billion for FY13 – that FY 2012 funding for the Secure Rural Schools program is subject to sequestration.  The announcement stated, “As mandated by sequestration, we will need to withdraw 5.1 percent of the payment that has already been received or reduce the amount to be dispersed in the coming weeks.”  The USDA further stated that “States … will receive a bill for collection to return the sequestered amount to Treasury.”

NACo to Senate: Continue mandatory funding for PILT program

Posted Date: 
March 19, 2013
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) today urged the U.S. Senate to extend mandatory funding provisions for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal years 2014 and beyond. PILT payments support essential county services including law enforcement, emergency response, transportation infrastructure and access to healthcare.

Impacts of the Sequester on 2013 PILT Payments

Posted Date: 
March 5, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the attached letter detailing the impacts of sequestration on PILT payments for 2013.

U.S. Election Insight -- 2012

Posted Date: 
November 13, 2012
Contact: 
Ed Rosado, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

PowerPoint  |  PDF

After the most expensive election in U.S. history, President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term. In the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Americans voted to maintain the status quo of split party control — a Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House — even as more than 90 new faces will grace the halls of Congress.

Pending Federal Budget Sequestration Process & Potential Impact on Counties

Posted Date: 
October 26, 2012

The National Association of Counties has prepared a Power Point that discusses the "Fiscal Cliff" and "Sequestration" that the Federal Government is facing that you have probably all heard about.  Read further to find out more and download the presentation.