The purpose of the hearing is to examine the options and challenges related to possible reauthorization and reform of two payment programs for local governments - the recently expired Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes.
The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee's website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witnesses’ testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.
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The Honorable Max BaucusUnited States Senator
Witness Panel 1
The Honorable Thomas TidwellChiefU.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ms. Pamela K. HazeDeputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and AcquisitionU.S. Department of the Interior
Ms. Anne-Marie FennellDirectorNatural Resources and Environment Team, Government Accountability Office
Witness Panel 2
Mr. Jay O'Laughlin Ph.DProfessor of Forestry and Policy SciencesUniversity of Idaho, College of Natural Resouces, Moscow, ID
Mr. Mark HaggertyPolicy AnalystHeadwaters Economics, Bozeman, MT
Mr. Paul J. PearcePresidentNational Forest Counties and Schools Coalition, Stevenson, WA
Mr. Ryan R. YatesAssociate Legislative DirectorLegislative Affairs Department, National Association of Counties