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FEDERAL SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS

Adopted in 1906, federal law requires the U.S. Forest Service to provide counties and schools with 25 percent of the revenues generated on federal forest lands from a variety of...

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FEDERAL PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES

In October 1976, Congress enacted the Federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Act to provide federal payments to local governments to help offset losses in property tax revenues due to nontaxable federal lands within local governments' boundaries. 

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RCRC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING - 06/19/2019

The June 2019 Board of Directors Meeting at the RCRC office in Sacramento.

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Terrance Rodgers, #RCRC Economic Development Officer, provided the #rural county perspective on a panel before the California Public Utilities Commission titled 🗣 RCRC Bill of the WEEK! Appearing on the Bill of the Week for the second time, RCRC is again showcasing its support for #AB343 .  Authored by Assembly Member Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), AB 343 would require the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to develop and implement a fuels #transportation program that provides competitive grants or other financial incentives for projects in eligible communities to offset the costs of transporting fuels to an eligible #biomass facility, an innovative #forest products facility, or a mass #timber facility.  AB 343 would also authorize CNRA to allocate funds from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. 
Meanwhile, Assembly Member Patterson has submitted a corresponding budget request to Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3 on Resources and Transportation to appropriate $20 million to the California Natural Resources Agency to implement the program created by AB 343.
While AB 343 was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on the Suspense File, RCRC will continue advocating for the inclusion of this program in broader #wildfire prevention discussions.  Furthermore, the stand-alone budget request awaits action in Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3.  RCRC’s AB 343 letter can be accessed at rcrcnet.org.
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#rcrc #caleg #cacounties #Sacramento #legislation RCRC Delegate and Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann (@kevincann1) was sworn in as the National Association of Counties (#NACo) Western Interstate Region President (#WIR) this morning! Congratulations! •
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#cacounties #RCRC #leadership #ruralcalifornia #countiesmatter On Thursday, RCRC Second Vice Chair and Mono County Supervisor Stacy Corless (@supervisorstacycorless) led a discussion entitled “Engaging with Federal Partners to Grow a Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Economy” which featured panelists from the Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands), the @u.s.forestservice , a Mammoth Lakes Town Council member and a representative from Washington state’s Outdoor Recreation Office. The point of this discussion focused on building a sustainable recreation program in rural counties based on activities in federally-owned lands – a point which requires partnership and planning between state, local and federal agencies.
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#cacounties #RCRC #countiesmatter #counties #federal #state #localgovernment #recreation #economy #california #ruralcalifornia #ruralcounties #ruralcalifornia Are you attending the 2019 WIR Conference in #spokanecounty #washington this week? Be sure to stop by the 
@mariposacounty information booth to learn more about the 2020 WIR Conference being held at the @tenayalodge in beautiful #mariposacounty •
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#cacounties #california #rcrc #wir #naco #counties #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark  #countiesmatter #countynews #county NACo WIR First Vice President Kevin Cann (@kevincann1)(#MariposaCounty) provides opening remarks at the 2019 #WIR Conference in Spokane, Washington. Supervisor Cann and his @mariposacounty colleagues have the honor of hosting the 2020 WIR Conference at the @tenayalodge in beautiful Mariposa County. 
WIR is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within #NACo, including public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and #economicdevelopment, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. The NACo WIR Conference brings together #county #officials from across the #nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and residents. •
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#california #cacounties #county #government #RCRC #countiesmatter #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitenps
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Thursday, () led a discussion entitled “Engaging with Federal Partners to Grow… https://t.co/PsF6ozuOCC
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Supervisor Kevin Cann (), First Vice President, is joined by James Hubbard, Undersecretar… https://t.co/j8PYfuY76e
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News: The Barbed Wire

This week, Supervisors Kevin Cann (Mariposa) and Lee Adams (Sierra) joined RCRC staff at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo)...Read more
Last week, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Oregon) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of...Read more
This week, RCRC submitted two comment letters on the Wildfire Mitigation Plans proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),...Read more
Indian tribal land is generally exempt from local property taxes. However, when that land is leased to non-tribal parties, the...Read more
This week, RCRC advocated alongside its California Forest Watershed Alliance (CAFWA) partners in Washington D.C. to promote the French Meadows...Read more
The Senate is negotiating a disaster aid package that is expected to come to a vote next week before Congress...Read more
Appearing on the Bill of the Week for the second time, RCRC is again showcasing its support for Assembly Bill...Read more
The Rural Rundown discusses the legislative and regulatory issues impacting California’s rural counties, featuring commentary and interviews from individuals committed...Read more
Announcements regarding hearings, grants, and public comment notices of importance to California's rural counties. Public Comment Period Opens for Sustainable...Read more
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RCRC members are encouraged to share letters addressed to state and federal representatives and regulatory bodies with RCRC’s Government Affairs...Read more
On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his May Revision of the 2019-20 State Budget (May Revision) – his first since...Read more
Greg Norton, RCRC President & CEO The deployment of broadband infrastructure supporting speed-of-commerce connectivity is among the most critical missing...Read more
CAFWA Offers Preparedness Tips Justin Caporusso, CAFWA Chair and RCRC Vice President External Affairs California is home to nearly 40...Read more
Last Thursday, the RCRC Executive Committee took action to officially endorse the appointment of Karen Ross as the Secretary of...Read more
On May 2 nd , the California State Senate officially confirmed Thom Porter as Chief of the Department of Forestry...Read more
On Monday, Senate Bill 402 related to the extension of a pilot program for the use of Off-Highway Vehicles on...Read more
On Tuesday, the House passed by voice vote HR 1328, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act. Introduced by Representative Paul Tonko (D-New...Read more
On Wednesday, thirty-eight state and territorial Attorneys General cosigned a letter to Congress endorsing the Secure and Safe Enforcement (SAFE)...Read more
Next week, Supervisors Kevin Cann (Mariposa) and Lee Adams (Sierra) will join RCRC staff at the National Association of Counties’...Read more