Our timber, our money: Stockman votes to create new revenue for rural schools
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman voted Friday for the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (HR 1526,) which pumps new revenues, without tax hikes, into rural schools through timber harvesting.
“Southeast Texas harvests more timber than Oregon. It’s about time the federal government shared that revenue with our local communities and the people who harvest it,” said Stockman. “Our timber, our money. We’re delivering long-term funding for generations of Southeast Texas kids, without raising taxes. I encourage the Senate and President Obama to support it.”
The bill directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish at least one Forest Reserve Revenue Area within each unit of the National Forest System designated for the sale of trees, portions of trees, or forest products.
Local counties would get 25 percent of the revenues from those timber sales. Stockman’s vote means more funding for schools, roads and critical county services in rural areas.
“Timber built Southeast Texas and now timber can be a steady and reliable way to keep us growing,” said Stockman.
The bill passed 244-173 and now goes to the Senate.