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Rural Idaho schools face demand from feds to pay back timber payments

Schools in Idaho’s timber-dependent rural communities could be facing a bill from the federal government for $400,000, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News reports, as the feds demand a refund of payments already sent out under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, as part of sequestration cuts. Thirty-one U.S. House members sent a letter to the Obama Administration last week objecting to the demand for repayment; they included Idaho’s 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, but not 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, Richert reports. You can read his full post here.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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