Thank you Rep. Duncan. Rep. Duncan announced today he plans to vote NO on the $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Bill which has massive wasteful spending.
This budget deal and the corresponding omnibus appropriations bill fail to deal with the real drivers of our debt and deficits. The deal increases overall discretionary spending but fails to meet the federal governments obligations to local governments.
The plan cuts the “Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)” program of the USDA Forest Service, responsible for the Sumter National Forest and the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina. This means that counties in the Palmetto State will receive $1.87M less from the federal government, payments which make up for federal government land (including national forest land) on which property taxes cannot be collected, than those counties received just two years ago. The effect on counties in the Third Congressional District is: McCormick County will receive $254K less; Oconee $225K less; Abbeville $109K less; Edgefield $105K less; Laurens $95K less; and Saluda $13K less. Anderson County won’t get the $83K it should be due under what would’ve been the new formula, nor will Pickens County receive the $7K it would’ve been due.
The federal government shouldn’t be trying to shift its burdens onto counties and local school districts. Instead, Congress should be making tough choices to secure a brighter future free from debt, deficits and despair for our children and hardworking American taxpayers.
This is just one of many reasons why I will be voting “no” on the “omnibus appropriations” spending bill for 2014.