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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.

2014 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

Posted Date: 
December 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

EPA Offers Funding to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines

Posted Date: 
November 20, 2013
Contact: 
Julia Valentine, US EPA (News Media Only)

Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.  Private entities that operate non-road construction equipment under a contract or lease with a public entity are also eligible to apply.  Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality, and a full list of eligible counties is at: http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/2013-construction-county-list.pdf.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The rebates will reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in local areas.

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.

SRS Deadline Reminder

Posted Date: 
September 10, 2013

County Commissioners & Clerks:  If you have any un-obligated  SRS - Title III money, you MUST obligate it by September 30 or you will be required to return it.  Please click to read more.

Federal Government Reverses Decision on Withholding Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States

Posted Date: 
August 27, 2013
Contact: 
Anastasia Burton, Deputy Communications Director, Attorney General Tim Fox, Montana Department of Justice

Nearly $2.4 million on its way to Montana

(HELENA)—Attorney General Tim Fox announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior has reversed its decision to withhold Mineral Leasing Act Revenue from the States.  Earlier this month, Attorney General Fox  joined nine other western states protesting the sequestration of state funds under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA).

National Forest Proposed Action Schedule - 3rd Quarter

Posted Date: 
August 8, 2013

Provided here are the schedules of proposed actions (“SOPA”s) for projects involving National Forests located in Montana, as well as a link to the Forest Service national SOPA page.  The SOPAs are for the current quarter and broken out by Forest.

Conference of Western Attorneys General calls decision to sequester Minerals Leasing Act revenues "profoundly flawed"

Posted Date: 
August 5, 2013
Contact: 
Western Governors Association

The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) sent a letter to President Barack Obama "strongly" objecting to the "decision to misuse the 2011 Budget Control Act to sequester revenues owed to states under the Minerals Leasing Act (MLA)."