Friday, July 10, 2009

Finally, Texas gets a LITTLE love from Washington

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Wednesday that nearly $66.4 million worth of community projects are being funded in 33 states across the nation, and Texas is one of them. However, Texas' share is not rising to a level appropriate considering the vast rural areas of this state.

The funding is part of the Rural Development Community Facilities program which helps provide dollars for essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. Considering a funding amount of $66.4 million, the average on a straight division among all 50 states is $1.3 million. But consider the size of Texas relative to the other 49 states and you come up with a much higher number. Texas got $549,000.

This will help nine Texas communities and I am grateful for this. But I hope our partners at the federal level can start to realize the breadth of Texas. To see how much each community received, click here.

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