March 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:59 p.m. CST
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Top Missouri Republicans are taking issue with
a Bush administration proposal to sell parts of the Mark Twain
National Forest to help fund rural school districts.
Governor Blunt wrote the U-S Department of Agriculture to say
the proposal was unfair.
Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent and Congresswoman Jo Ann
Emerson have, too.
They say the Forest Service has failed to show how the plan
would benefit the state.
The proposal aims to raise about 800 million dollars for
rural county schools struggling as the result of sagging timber
receipts on federal lands.
But members of the Missouri G-O-P say much of the money raised
in this state would end up helping rural school districts
The proposal still requires congressional approval. The Forest
Service is accepting comments through March 30th.