Western Governors have requested that House and Senate Appropriations leadership offer their "active support" of full funding of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and throughout Fiscal Year 2018.
The request from WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and WGA Vice Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard was included in letters sent on March 16, 2017, to House and Senate Appropriations leadership, including Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tom Udall, and Representatives Ken Calvert and Betty McCollum.
Western Governors noted in the outreach that they have "long advocated that the federal government must fulfill its obligation to fund these programs for rural counties with tax-exempt federal lands and for timber-dependent counties that rely on this funding to provide necessary government services to their citizens."
That advocacy was reiterated by the Governors through the passage in December, 2016, of the WGA Policy Resolution, Tax-Exempt Federal Lands and Secure Rural Schools.