Cantwell announces rural schools funding
May 23, 2018
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has announced that the U.S. Forest Service will provide nearly $18.3 million in Secure Rural School payments to communities in Washington State.
Previous uncertainty about the Secure Rural Schools program (SRS) made it nearly impossible for impacted local governments to plan their annual budgets. Last year, without SRS funding in place, Forest Service payments to Washington counties totaled just $2.6 million.
“Because of the large amounts of Federal land we have in the West, we are heavily impacted by the Secure Rural Schools. The Secure Rural Schools program is a lifeline for loca...