Arizona Gets Federal Money For Outdoors Projects, But Needs Reauthorization

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:15pm
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The Interior Department says Arizona will get $2 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without congressional action, the program is scheduled to lapse at the end of the month. But last week, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill to reauthorize it.

The money comes from offshore oil and gas leases and will be used for outdoor recreation and conservation projects identified by the state.

Gloria Montaño Greene has been pushing for the LWCF to be reauthorized — she’s the advocacy director for Chispa Arizona, which is a program of the League of Conservation Voters.

But despite the bipartisan support in the House Natural Resources Committee led by Chairman Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, and the panel’s ranking Democrat Raul Grijalva from Arizona, not everyone thinks the program should continue.

For that perspective, The Show turned to Nick Loris. He’s a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he focuses on energy and environment issues.

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