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Energy Bill Passes But There’s No Good News For Tuolumne County

Washington, D.C. — You could definitely hear it in his voice this morning from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Tuolumne County Schools Superintendent Joe Silva is on his way home after an extremely disappointing Thursday when the Senate Energy Bill was passed … but it was passed after being stripped of eighty plus billion dollars in taxes including the Secure Rural and Community Self Determination Act.

While awaiting his flight Silva commented that it is such a disappointment after such a great effort was put forth by so many Tuolumne County residents to gain a four year extension of the Act that had been passed out of the House of Repesentatives.

Silva also expressed his appreciation for the stellar effort put forth by California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in behalf of the Act.

On the extension the Act would have provided a million dollars for schools ($178,000 for Sonora High School), a million dollars for county roads and a half-a-million dollars for the Resource Advisory Committee.

Written by Bill Johnson