On May 20, a bipartisan group of ten lawmakers introduced legislation (H.R. 2772) to restore the tax-exempt status of advance refunding bonds, a crucial infrastructure financing tool eliminated in 2017.

Bipartisan group introduces legislation restoring advance refunding bonds

On May 8, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved an FY 2020 spending bill outlining federal funding for programs under the U.S.

U.S. House panel advances FY 2020 spending bill for federal health, human services and workforce programs

On May 8, Sens.

Legislation introduced to measure economic impact of opportunity zones

Alaska native Joe Balash is one of many rural westerners in leadership positions at the Department of Interior. As assistant secretary of land and minerals, his role there is part of a statement by the Trump Administration as to how the department will be run.

WIR Past President Joel Bousman interviews Joe Balash, the Department of the Interior’s assistant secretary for land and minerals management, during the WIR Conference's General Session May 17. Photo by Hugh Clarke

Interior assistant secretary updates on resource extraction policies

Wildfires, both paying to fight them and attempting to prevent them, were on the mind of James Hubbard, undersecretary for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, when he addressed the Opening General Session.

WIR First Vice President Kevin Cann interviews USDA Undersecretary James Hubbard during the WIR Opening General Session May 16. Photo by Hugh Clarke

USDA undersecretary pitches collaborative vision for active forest management

Recent legislative changes regarding voting in Washington have come to pass just as Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s six-year project comes to fruition, thanks to the participation of the state’s 39 counties.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman talks cybersecurity and elections to the WIR Opening General Session May 16. Photo by Hugh Clarke

Long-term effort pays off for Washington state voting system

Photos from Washington, D.C. and counties across the country.

This Week in Photos: May 12 – 18

New data this month: Infrastructure Week Edition

May County Explorer Update: Infrastructure Week Edition

WASHINGTON – The nation’s opioid epidemic has disproportionately impacted Appalachia’s 420 counties, imposing adverse effects on county residents and government. At the turn of the millennium, the opioid overdose death rate for Appalachian counties was roughly equal to the rest of the country.

New Report Outlines How Appalachian Counties Can Do More with Less to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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