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D From the CEO We Are the Champions DEBT CEILING, BUDGET cuts and tax increases seem to fill the airwaves and cyberspace. Regardless of your political beliefs, our staggering national debt must be reduced. The debate on how to accomplish this drives politicians to their corners but must be resolved somewhere in the middle of the ring. The implications of this dominating capital issue is that our government will spend less funds in the upcoming years and the decisions will be made about how deep the cuts will go and to what programs. From the above tables, it is clear that eliminating all discretionary spending will not, by itself, balance the budget. Doubling income tax receipts would not, by itself, balance it either. What do we stand to lose and gain in this process? As I have stated on numerous occasions, rural America has benefited greatly because of the rural development programs in the Department of Agriculture. Without infrastructure, those of us living in rural areas would fall behind and have a lower standard of living than those in metropolitan areas. Without us, where does the food, fiber and other resources come from that allows those to live in the resource intensive and ecological unsustainable metropolitan areas? The Rural Utility Service Water and Waste Program has allowed us living in small towns and rural areas to have water that is safe to drink and wastewater that is returned to the environment as clean as when we diverted it. This program rated by government evaluators to be the best loan program in the federal government. Nothing else funding water or wastewater systems is remotely close. In a perfect world you would expect that the highest rated loan program would be given preferential treatment when it comes time to trim the budget. However in a perfect world, politics would not be a consideration. Every government funded program is important to someone and has its political champions. We are the champions for Rural Water. We have come to a time when it is important for those of us living outside the metropolitan areas to speak up about what is important to us. Over the next year and a half, candidates for a variety of elected offices will be in your area and asking for your vote. Why not ask them to support Rural Water! BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO Every government funded program is important to someone and has its political champions. We are the champions for Rural Water. 50 • Third Quarter 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2011

FROM THE PRESIDENT
WILL YOU SURVIVE THE NIGHT OF THE BABY BOOMER EXODUS?
A BOARD PERSPECTIVE:
HOW TO AVOID THE NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP GAP
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
ENGINEERING CONTRACTS 101 – PART TWO
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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