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MACo Endorses the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program

Posted Date: 
May 26, 2012
Contact: 
Shantil Siaperas, Montana Association of Counties

The Montana Association of Counties now officially endorses the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program, which is one of the largest discount programs in the country serving county residents.

House Votes to Change Budget Agreement

Posted Date: 
May 21, 2012
Contact: 
Paul Beddoe & Marilina Sanz, NACo Associate Legislative Directors

The House of Representatives passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (H.R. 5652) May 10 by a 218–199 vote.

Off-System Bridge Program

Posted Date: 
May 9, 2012
Contact: 
Bob Fogel, Senior Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

The Senate-House Conference Committee on the reauthorization of the surface transportation program met for the first time yesterday.  Nothing substantive occurred and it will now be up to staff to work out the necessary compromises that could lead to the legislation being enacted.  As you know, NACo was successful in getting Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Casey (D-PA) to successfully offer a bipartisan amendment to restore off-system bridge funding to the Senate bill.  It is essential that the Senate language prevail in the Conference Committee, which would mean that approximately $650 million in federal off-system bridge funds would be available annually, much of it going to counties.  

Suspension of New Forest Highway Designation Requests

Posted Date: 
May 9, 2012
Contact: 
Phyllis Chun, Planning & Programs Manager for the Western Area, Federal Highway Admistration

Please note memo below from Phyllis Chun Planning and Program Manager for the Western Area, Federal Highway Administration announcing that they have suspended NEW requests for designations of roads as Forest Highways.  With the uncertainly about future funding for this program in whatever Congress may end up passing as new Transportation bill, this was determined to be the prudent thing to do.  This decision WILL NOT AFFECT any current designations, including those recently approved.

Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available

Posted Date: 
May 1, 2012
Contact: 
Anita Cardwell, National Association of Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides funding to improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets and other types of direct-to-consumer food market operations. Nearly $10 million is available to eligible entities including local governments. Priority will be given to projects in low-income areas or areas considered to be “food deserts.” The application deadline is May 21.

Ready to Lead Your Fellow County Officials?

Posted Date: 
May 1, 2012
Contact: 
Karen McRunnel, National Association of Counties

The NACo Presidential Appointment process is underway. The application form must be submitted by June 4 if you want to be considered for a 2012 – 13 NACo leadership position on a steering committee — or a leadership or committee appointment on a standing or ad hoc committee.

USDA Warns of Fraudulent Letters, Calls

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2012
Contact: 
USDA Natural Resources Conservation

BOZEMAN, Mont., March 27, 2012–Officials with the U. S. Department of Agriculture have been notified that fraudulent letters and at least one fraudulent phone call have been received by individuals in a number of states.

7th Annual NACo/Nationwide Scholarship

Posted Date: 
March 2, 2012

This spring, four high school seniors will earn $2,000 for college from the NACo/Nationwide Scholarship. Winning applicants will have written a short essay describing why it’s important for a public sector employee to start saving early for retirement.

Tester Announces More Details of Next Small Business Opportunity Workshop

Posted Date: 
March 1, 2012
Contact: 
Andrea Helling or Dan Malessa, (202) 228-0371

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today announced new details about his upcoming Small Business Opportunity Workshop in Great Falls, an event designed to connect Montana farmers with valuable resources to help them succeed.

Off-System Bridge Program

Posted Date: 
March 1, 2012
Contact: 
Bob Fogel, NACo, bfogel@naco.org

Amendment

Commissioners:  Please see this message.  You may want to contact our senators to let them know how important the off system bridge program is in Montana.