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ALERT RTP funding letter needed by June 6, 2005


 
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 7:47 pm    Post subject: ALERT RTP funding letter needed by June 6, 2005 Reply with quote

FROM: Carla Boucher, Attorney
UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS

May 31, 2005

WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH $3 MILLION IN YOUR STATE ON 4X4 TRAILS?

Build new trails, maintain existing trails, improve trails and trailheads!

The House of Representatives approved record-breaking amounts of funding for recreation trails through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). However, the Senate cut that funding, on average, by more than $3 million per state for a total cut of over $161 million in 5 years. In the next 2 weeks the House and Senate will work to resolve the difference in funding. We need your help in urging the Senate to adopt the House funding level in the final bill.

    Arizona Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs: Funding cut by Senate = $3.5 million
    California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs: Funding cut by Senate = $11.6 million
    Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs: Funding cut by Senate = $3.0 million
    Florida Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $6.1 million
    Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association:
      Funding cut in MI by Senate = $3.0 million
      Funding cut in OH by Senate = $3.8 million
      Funding cut in IN by Senate = $2.7 million
      Funding cut in IL by Senate = $4.2 million

    Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.7 million
    Middle Atlantic Four Wheel Drive Association:
      Funding cut in MD by Senate = $2.3 million
      Funding cut in PA by Senate = $3.9 million
      Funding cut in DE by Senate = $1.7 million
      Funding cut in NJ by Senate = $2.6 million
      Funding cut in VA by Senate = $2.8 million

    Midwest Four Wheel Drive Association:
      Funding cut in IL by Senate = $4.2 million
      Funding cut in IA by Senate = $2.7 million
      Funding cut in MN by Senate = $3.7 million
      Funding cut in NE by Senate = $2.2 million
      Funding cut in ND by Senate = $1.9 million
      Funding cut in SD by Senate = $2.0 million
      Funding cut in WI by Senate = $3.5 million

    Montana Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.8 million
    Nevada United Four Wheelers Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.2 million
    North America XJ Association (representing all 50 states): Funding cut by Senate = $161 million
    NorthEast Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs:
      Funding cut in MA by Senate = $2.6 million
      Funding cut in NH by Senate = $2.1 million
      Funding cut in CT by Senate = $1.9 million
      Funding cut in NY by Senate = $3.9 million
      Funding cut in VT by Senate = $1.9 million

    Oklahoma Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.8 million
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association:
      Funding cut in WA by Senate = $3.7 million
      Funding cut in OR by Senate = $2.7million
      Funding cut in ID by Senate = $2.7 million

    Rustbelt 4x4 Trailriders Association:
      Funding cut in OH by Senate = $3.8 million
      Funding cut in MI by Senate = $3.0 million
      Funding cut in PA by Senate = $3.9 million

    Southern Four Wheel Drive Association:
      Funding cut in NC by Senate = $3.7 million
      Funding cut in SC by Senate = $2.5 million
      Funding cut in TN by Senate = $2.9 million
      Funding cut in GA by Senate = $4.2 million
      Funding cut in KY by Senate = $2.8 million
      Funding cut in AL by Senate = $3.4 million

    Southwest Four Wheel Drive Association:
      Funding cut in KA by Senate = $2.6 million
      Funding cut in LA by Senate = $3.3 million
      Funding cut in MO by Senate = $3.1 million
      Funding cut in NM by Senate = $2.8 million
      Funding cut in OK by Senate = $2.8 million
      Funding cut in TX by Senate = $7.1 million

    Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.8 million
    Wisconsin Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $3.5 million


More information about funding levels by state is available at the United website at www.ufwda.org.

Please, send the following letter, or one in your own words, to your U.S. Senators urging them to adopt the House-passed funding level for the RTP program in the HR 3 conference report for the final version of HR 3.

If you need help finding the name and/or address of your U.S. Senator go to:
www.senate.gov and enter your zip code. A list of your two Senators will appear. Please write to both of them. If you do not have access to the Internet and need help you can contact me by phone or e-mail at: (757) 546-7969 or legisadvoc@ufwda.org

Letters must be sent by June 6, 2005.

Please copy all letters to me at

legisadvoc@ufwda.org
-or -
P.O. Box 15696
Chesapeake, VA 23328


[form letter to be sent to your U.S. Senator]
Senator [Senator’s name]
[address]
[date]

Dear Senator,
I live in your state and am an avid four wheel drive vehicle user. I am contacting you to ask that you ensure that the House-passed funding level for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is included in the HR 3 conference report for the final version of HR 3.

The RTP is a proven success, leveraging federal funds with volunteer labor, state trails funding generated through registration fees and gas taxes and private funds. The program relies on user fees paid by recreationists like me. However, under the current RTP, and under the Senate-passed version of HR 3, recreational trail users are unfair “donors” to other transportation programs, receiving just 18% of the taxes paid. Adopting the House-passed funding levels in the final bill will address this unfairness.

Please ensure that the final version of HR 3 includes the House-passed funding for the RTP program. This is a very important issue to me and I appreciate your attention to this matter.

Yours truly,
[Your name]
[Your address]
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another version of the same thing. Wink

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON RECREATIONAL TRAILS BUDGET NEAR
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
As you know, BRC doesn't blast nationwide ACTION ALERTS unless action by the recreation community has a good chance of producing positive results. This ACTION ALERT concerns an opportunity to increase trail funding available for maintenance and development of recreational trails.

BRC's public lands team has classified this Action Item as HIGH PRIORITY and STRONGLY urges you to take action immediately. Detailed information is below, as well as a quick link to BRC's Rapid Response Center.

Thank you in advance for your involvement,
Brian Hawthorne
Public Lands Director
BlueRibbon Coalition

SITUATION:
After years of partisan wrangling over legislation funding the surface transportation bill (A.K.A. the Highway Bill ), both the House and the Senate have passed alternative versions of HR 3, the reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation programs.

WHY THAT MATTERS TO YOU:
The surface transportation program includes the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)!!!

As most of you are aware, RTP uses a portion of the federal gas tax collected on non-highway recreational use (in snowmobiles, OHVs, etc) in order to provide funding to state recreational trail programs. Currently, taxes paid on fuel used for OHV recreational purposes are estimated at $286 million annually. This tax money should go to recreational trails instead of highway projects.

BRC, working with a broad ranging coalition of recreational trail interests recommended that a modest 50% (approximately $143 million annually) of these taxes be allotted to the RTP programs.

Thanks to our Champions in the House of Representatives, their legislation approaches our recommendation, increasing funding to reach $110 million for Fiscal Year 2009. Unfortunately, the Senate RTP proposal is $56 million annually.

Our champions in the Senate are sensitive about representing their proposal as a cut. Technically, one could describe the Senate funding proposal as flat funding for RTP programs. However, the neither version of the highway bill represents a fair and equitable accounting of the taxes the OHV community pays for fuel used for vehicle use on recreational trails.

The House and Senate have now appointed conferees to address the differences in the two versions of HR 3. We expect serious work to begin on June 6 and believe a decision on RTP funding may be finalized by June 15.

There is a tremendous opportunity here . BRC strongly encourages all OHV users to take advantage of that opportunity, and contact your Congressional representatives and encourage them to include the House-passed funding for the RTP program.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
Your Congressional representative needs to hear from you today. It is a matter of simple fairness. You pay taxes for fuel used when you travel on your favorite trails. Those taxes need to be spent you your favorite trails.

You can use our Rapid Response Center automatic email system, or better yet, send a personal message to your Congressional representative.

Don't wait! Send your letter TODAY!

Link to BRC's Rapid Response Center: http://capwiz.com/share/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=7671861

Super-Easy 3-Step Instructions for Sending a Personal Email to your Congressional Rep:

Step 1:
Click here: http://capwiz.com/share/home

Step 2:
Enter your zip code, and then click “GO”

Step 3:
Use the information to contact both your Senators (and your Congressman if you wish) to deliver the message below. If you click "email" you can "cut and paste" the message.

IMPORTANT: Enter "Fairness with RTP funds in ISTEA" the "Subject" field!

Dear Senator,
I am an avid OHV enthusiast who pays taxes on fuel used on recreational trails. I am contacting you to ask that you ensure that the House-passed funding level for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is included in the HR 3 conference report for the final version of HR 3.

RTP is a proven success, leveraging federal funds with volunteer labor, state trails funding generated through registration fees and gas taxes and private funds. The program relies on user fees paid by recreationists like me. However, under the current RTP, and under the Senate-passed version of HR 3, recreational trail users are unfair "donors" to other transportation programs, receiving just 18% of the taxes paid. Adopting the House-passed funding levels in the final bill will address this unfairness.

Please ensure that the final version of HR 3 includes the House-passed funding for the RTP program. This is a very important issue to me and I appreciate your attention to this matter.

Yours truly,
[Your name]
[Your address]
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