Funding to support schools, roads

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Funding of approximately $3.5 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will support public schools, roads and other local services in rural Nevada through the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program of the US Forest Service, US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto announced Friday.

The program will help provide economic support to rural communities.


“I am proud to announce that the funding I have secured through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act will support rural communities in Nevada,” said Cortez Masto. “I will continue to work to ensure that we provide our rural communities with the tools they need to grow and prosper.


The SRS program provides assistance to rural counties affected by declining revenues from land use activities on federal lands. The program also reimburses rural counties for emergency services on national forests, and it funds programs to protect our communities from wildfires.


Nevada’s top Democratic senator assured that the bipartisan Infrastructure Act reauthorized funding for the SRS program for fiscal years 2021 through 2023 to help rural communities. The reauthorization also included the senator’s bipartisan Connected Rural Schools Act, which will allow rural counties to use Secure Rural Schools funds to improve internet access in local schools.


Senator introduced bipartisan legislation to put rural communities across the West on a level playing field when it comes to applying for critical infrastructure grants to improve school buildings, promote small businesses and strengthen services telehealth and health care.


Cortez Masto also introduced comprehensive legislation to help improve wildfire prevention efforts, fund state-of-the-art firefighting equipment and programs, and support recovery efforts for fire-affected communities. She has worked to improve broadband access in rural Nevada and throughout the state.

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