Wednesday, May 30, 2012

HQ ACTION ALERT - Stop the Raid on the OHV Grants Program

*BRC Action Alert (send letters/emails/calls today)
Having just come back from meetings in Arizona (a state with a balanced budget and a lot of riding opportunities), I can’t tell you how angry I am about this ongoing effort by the legislature (with support from some green NGOs) to eviscerate the OHV Grants Program.
If you haven't already made your calls to stop the almost annual attempt to rob California's OHV fund, maybe this article from Townhall Mag will motivate you.  
Townhall reports on an Associated Press investigation of the $15 million collected from the "California Memorial Scholarship Program," advertised by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as helping the children of Sept. 11 victims.  AP found only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships. While 40 percent has funded anti-terror training programs, $3 million was raided by Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to plug the state's budget deficit.

 See: AP Exclusive: Calif. 9/11 fund raided for deficits
California is in a severe budget crisis. Before the state falls into a fiscal abyss, real solutions must be found.

Real solutions do not include raiding trust funds or robbing kids of 911 victims. These gimmicks won't solve California's budget deficit.  They never have nor will they ever work.
OHV users will not tolerate what is essentially a tax on the privilege of owning an OHV. We've paid those taxes. My contribution to the OHV trust fund is not to be used for any other purpose.

If you haven't already, please respond to our Action Alert we sent today.

I will be at the hearing tomorrow.



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