Millions of Federal Dollars within Reach for Dozens of Alaska Schools
HJR 29 passes the Senate 20-0
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Juneau, Alaska – Alaska schools from South Central to Southeast are closer to a permanent re-authorization of millions of federal dollars following the passage of House Joint Resolution 29 sponsored by Representative George Rauscher (R – Valdez).
The Resolution calls on Congress to permanently authorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Committees Self-Determination Act of 2000 which distributes a portion of the revenue collected from the sale of Alaska timber by the federal government and for the closure of the development of the Alaska timber industry caused by National Forest System restrictions.
“I’m thrilled to see education and district schools in Valdez, the Mat-Su and Whittier could benefit from the sale of Alaska Timber thanks to the passage of HJR 29. I am happy the Senate moved quickly on passing the resolution today,” said Rep. Rauscher.
Alaska schools located adjacent to the Chugach National Forest and Tongass National Forest are eligible for the SRS funds. In the past two years more than 30 Alaska school districts received $10.5 million. The program was enacted in 2000.
“We need to see the return of the sustainable timber industry in Alaska. We are a resource state, and that includes the timber industry that once thrived in Alaska.” Rauscher continued, “HJR 29 passed the House unanimously on April 11. The Senate followed suit with 20-0 approval today and education is the real winner in this time of budget shortfalls.”
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov