State Rural Initiatives: Where the Money Comes From

In recent years rural issues and concerns have achieved renewed significance in the minds of state policy makers. Evidence continues to mount that policymakers see the need for programs to benefit rural communities and citizens, but in times of tight state budgets and calls for fiscal restraint, policymakers wonder if they can afford new programs, projects or initiatives. This paper represents a preliminary report on research in progress. It is intended to show how states are financing rural programs, projects and initiatives.

This research was compiled for the Fourth Annual Agriculture Chairs Summit (2006) by Bobby Gierisch of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI). Many people contributed, most notably Jonathan Watts Hull of Southern Legislative Conference and Eric Beverly and Kim White of the Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs. Portions of the entries for Illinois and North Carolina were provided by staff of the rural policy offices in those states, and legislative and program staff in many states provided necessary information. Shannon Sneary provided important technical help. 

 

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State Rural Initiatives: Where the Money Comes From