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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)."

Nominations Open for Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

Posted Date: 
July 3, 2013
Contact: 
Tom Gorey, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public nominations to fill three positions on its national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  Nominations are for a term of three years and are needed to represent the following categories of interest: wild horse and burro research, natural resource management, and public interest (with special knowledge of equine behavior).

Interior Announces Nearly $400 Million in PILT Payments to Rural Communities for Police, Fire and Schools

Posted Date: 
June 13, 2013
Contact: 
Jessica Kershaw, Department of Interior

Payments to Montana Counties  |  Full List of Funding by State

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the Nation are receiving a total of $399.8 million under the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

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.

Montana to Lose $2.5M in Federal Mineral Payments

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2013

HELENA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Interior is cutting $2.5 million in federal mineral payments to Montana over the next five months.

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.