The Alliance Advocacy team is excited to announce several items, chief among them the reintroduction of tax incentive legislation and expansion of the Advocacy team by the hiring of Barton James, our new Conservation Campaigns Director; you can read more below. Happy Spring!
Powerful Friends Reintroduce Tax Incentive Bill
To avert the loomingexpiration of the enhanced conservation easement tax incentive, Senate FinanceCommittee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) has introduced the Rural Heritage
Conservation Extension Act (S. 526). He is
joined for the first time by the Committee’s ranking Republican, Senator Orrin
Hatch (R-UT). Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) are
eager to reintroduce similar House legislation, and are seeking original co-sponsors.
Day on the Hill and at Home
second annual Land
Trust Advocacy Day, 72 land trust executive directors and board members held
an incredible 155 meetings on Capitol Hill. You can meet with your members of Congress
anytime of the year – they’re back in the district almost every weekend. As the
weather turns and trees blossom, invite them to visit a project and meet the constituents who benefit from your work. Read more.
Deal Boosts FRPP, Averts Disproportionate Cuts
Congress passed a
continuing resolution last week to fund the government for the remainder of
fiscal year 2013. While it locks in the cuts of sequestration, it will actually
allow the Farm and Ranch land Protection Program to rise to a record $190
Most other programs, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, are reduced
5% by sequestration, but avoided the disproportionate cuts some had feared.
Budgets a Prelude to Dramatic Battles Ahead
With the ink still wet
on FY 2013, the political theater of next year’s budget kicked off with House
and Senate passage of starkly contrasting budget resolutions. For all their
differences, Budget Committee chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty
Murray (D-WA) both relied on “closing loopholes” as part of tax reform to
achieve their goals. Neither budget (nor President Obama's request, expected April 9th) is likely to become law, but they show that
limiting the charitable deduction will remain on the table as Congress
continues to debate the fiscal future over the next few months.
Trusts in the News
Thanks for being
a land trust advocate.Russ Shay, Director of Public Policy, , 202-800-2230
Barton James, Conservation Campaign Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-800-2239
Lynne Sherrod, Western Policy Manager, , 970-487-9924
Sean Robertson, Public Policy Specialist, , 202-800-2229
Bryan David, Public Policy Associate, , 202-800-2223