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Month: April 2017

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Rep Ron Nate: 2017 Legislature Summary – Course Change Needed

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Idaho Legislative sessions are usually judged by how well the legislature addresses the most prominent problems facing the state. The 2017 session was no different. The main questions this year were about meeting our growing transportation repair and infrastructure needs and restoring education funding to competitive levels with other states. Transportation got $320 million more funding and education was increased by 6.3% (after a 15% increase over the last two years).

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Farm Bureau Applauds New Federal Law to Restore Local Control of Federal Lands

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The following may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation:

“Land management decisions governing federal lands are best left to state and local officials and other stakeholders. We are pleased that Congress passed and President Trump signed a law to overturn the flawed ‘Planning 2.0’ rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management. The new law places management decisions back in local hands, where they belong.



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Feds to consider increasing royalty rates collected from productive use of federal lands

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The federal government’s interior department is replacing an Obama-era initiative to review and overhaul the federal coal leasing program with a new panel of up to 28 members who will give Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommendations on adjusting royalty rates for coal, oil, and gas.

Reuters reports:

The U.S. Interior Department said on Wednesday that it would form a new committee to review royalty rates collected from oil and gas drilling, coal mining and renewable energy production on federal lands to ensure taxpayers receive their full value.



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