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CORVA Action Alert! 90 Million OHV funds at stake!!!

Post by Wayne_Nosala » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:45 pm

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Action Alert!!!!


Part of the Governor’s latest budget proposal is a $90M loan from the OHV Trust Fund to help balance the state budget!


Although we understand that the state is in the grip of the worst budget crisis in history, this loan is not a solution to the problem!


Why? The law requires that this loan must be repaid within 2 years, so all this does is delay a real solution to the budget problem.


Similar tactics have been tried in the past. In recent years the state budget was often balanced by borrowing billions from constitutionally protected trust funds reserved for highway construction and repair of local streets and roads. Local governments united to oppose this borrowing gimmick and the governor and legislature agreed to stay away from borrowing from local government trust funds this year. Unfortunately this commitment does not extend to our OHV Trust Fund.


The governor is proposing an urgency bill that would authorize this loan. This money is our green sticker money that comes directly from the increased cost of green stickers from $25 to $50. This funding was supposed to go to law enforcement and other essential public safety services as well as improving the program. The public agreed to this fee increase to better fund the program, not to bail out the state budget.


What can you do?

It is urgent that OHV users get in touch with their state legislators as soon as possible.



Write or fax a letter to YOUR state senator and state assemblymember.


Tell them to stop borrowing to balance the budget.


Tell them the OHV Trust Fund should not be used to balance the budget


Loans like this are just gimmicks and not a solution to the real problem.


We were willing to raise our fees to be able to keep our program operating, we should not become the scapegoats in this budget battle.

During the last election many legislators signed a promise that they would not use borrowing to balance the budget.


Ask your legislators if they signed a "no borrowing pledge", and ask them if they are going to stand by that promise.


Specific points to make are:

1. Members of the public agreed to a fee increase to support a specific program, but now the revenue generated is being diverted from its intended purpose - a breach of public trust.

2. Borrowing from state funds that must be repaid does not solve the budget problem, it only defers dealing with the problem to a later date when it will be even more difficult to solve.

3. Using a trust fund as a revenue source sets a bad precedent. Trust funds are established up to protect public funds for specific purposes. This could lead to diversion of funds from other trust funds in the future potentially including even entitlement funds.

4. The budget crisis must be resolved through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, not more borrowing.


FAX or email your letter today!!!



URL to comment to the governor. http://gov.ca.gov/interact

Log on to http://192.234.213.69/amapsearch/framepage.asp

Enter your home address and then start making calls to your representative.

It is imperative you do this ASAP .


Thanks.

CORVA President, Jim Woods,

CORVA Imidiate Past president Ed Waldheim 760 373 0033

CORVA Past president Steve Kuehl.

Bruce Brazil
CERA assistant LAO
California Enduro Riders Association




WHO WE ARE
The California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) is a varied group of outdoor recreationists who are extremely active in promoting the positive aspects of vehicular access on public lands and protecting that right.

The group is composed of the owners of "Green Sticker" vehicles such as ATV's, motorcycles, 3-wheelers, trail bikes, and dune buggies, as well as "street legal" 4X4 vehicles, dual sport motorcycles, bajas, and desert racers.

CORVA's main purpose is to work with the land managers for responsible off-highway vehicular access and recreation opportunities. Secondarily, we educate our membership on the constantly changing rules and regulations and promote clean-up and trail maintenance projects.

we continue to monitor and lobby the powers in Sacramento



Visit http://www.corva.org/

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Re: CORVA Action Alert! 90 Million OHV funds at stake!!!

Post by tomjeeps2 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:21 pm

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/07/06-1
Fuel Tax Surplus :^o Could Save California State Parks
Funds Earmarked for Off-Road Recreation Which Generates Only 1/6th of Revenue
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - July 6 - California's Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund has enough money to save state parks from the chopping block but special interest politics keeps it locked away, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). State officials contend the $60 million the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trust Fund receives each year may be used only for projects benefiting dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles even those these vehicles generate just 17% of the fuel tax revenue in the fund.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced plans to close 220 of California's 279 parks, unless the Legislature finds a way to replace $143 million in general fund monies. Yet not a single State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is slated for closure, because the OHV Division of the state Department of Parks & Recreation claims this program is user funded - a claim that PEER disputes

"The lion's share of the millions in fuel taxes that fill the OHV fund comes from street legal vehicles," stated California PEER Coordinator Karen Schambach [-X , pointing out that the OHV Division refuses to fund any project that doesn't provide for "green sticker" recreation for non-street legal motorcycles, ATVs or snowmobiles although nearly 83% of the funds are generated from street legal vehicles. "Both fairness and common sense dictate that state parks should be receiving nearly all of this revenue."

While social programs, law enforcement and fire protection programs are being slashed throughout the state, the OHV fund continues to be funded at full levels, primarily through transfers from Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax revenues. Meanwhile, the OHV Trust Fund is so awash in money that more than $5 million allocated for maintenance goes unspent but is declared unavailable for other uses.

"The OHV Division, by refusing to fund any ‘non-green sticker' opportunity, is in violation of the spirit and the express language in SB742 which stipulates ‘extra consideration' for projects providing motorized access to non-motorized recreation like swimming and hiking," :^o Schambach added, urging the Legislature to reallocate the $49.8 million dollars attributable to street legal vehicle use to the Department of Parks and Recreation to support state parks which serve the motoring public. "It is ridiculous to have this one branch of Parks & Recreation hoard all these funds while hundreds of parks are on the chopping block."

Another complication is that 67 of the parks Gov. Schwarzenegger proposes to shutter were financed with federal funds. The National Park Service has notified state officials that it may seize land removed from the park system. In addition, the state may forfeit future federal funds for park enhancements.

"Closing parks is one of the dumbest economies a tourist-dependent state could make," added PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. "California is running ads, featuring the Governor and his wife, across the country pitching the state's great lifestyle. Boarding up its most scenic parks looks like false advertising."
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Re: CORVA Action Alert! 90 Million OHV funds at stake!!!

Post by tomjeeps2 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:50 am

http://www.peer.org/docs/ca/07_6_9_Cal_PEER_case.pdf

From PEER (Public Employees Expecting Retirement) to the Governor what a Joke :lol:

Give um an inch they try and take the Universe ..TJ
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Re: CORVA Action Alert! 90 Million OHV funds at stake!!!

Post by tomjeeps2 » Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:25 pm

Don Amadors reply to this as well =D>
Thursday, July 9, 2009
COMMENTARY ON PEER'S EFFORT TO DEFUND CA OHV PROGRAM

On July 6, 2009 PEER (parent organization of Rangers for Responsible Recreation – one of its rangers is being interviewed by the US Senate today for National Director of BLM) issued an error filled news release advocating for the gutting of the CA OHV Program.

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PEER NEWS RELEASE
http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=1214



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As some of you know, BRC’s Don Amador spent over 100 hours in the summer of 2007 working with a core group from state parks, the OHV and green lobby, and the Governor’s Office on SB742 – a bill that would provide the state with an ecologically-balanced OHV program. At the end of the day, it got almost a unanimous vote of approval by the state legislature and was signed into law by the Governor. BTW – PEER opposed the bill.

Based on my recollection of some intense negotiations on SB742, and my review of the bill, here is my response to PEER’s bilge.

RESPONSE AND OVERVIEW

A bipartisan committee (GOP, Dems, Enviros, and OHVers) back in the early 1970s: created the 1971 Chappie-Z’berg Act. The bill provided a stable funding source of non-General Fund monies to help pay for trail maintenance, law enforcement, new riding areas, and safety/education. This concept is similar to other user pay/user benefit state programs such as Boating and Waterways where fuel taxes on gasoline burned by boaters is set aside for managing reservoirs and waterways. In a similar fashion, fuel taxes on gasoline burned while operating vehicles off-highway is set aside for managing off-highway vehicle recreation throughout California on local, state, federal and private lands.

According to the Revenue and Taxation Code, funds generated by off-highway recreation shall be used to for managing off-highway recreation, just as on-highway funds are used for highways.

Since the working group spent a lot of time discussing the following foundation block or tenet of SB742, let me restate it for the record… the bill says that the program is to support both motorized recreation and “motorized off-highway access to nonmotorized recreation.” SB742 states that priority should be given to grant projects that maintain existing OHV opportunity, and then give extra consideration to those projects which also provide motorized access to nonmotorized recreation.

BTW –I seem to remember that OHMVR staff said at a OHV meeting that that approx. 20-21 percent of the OHV fund comes from the new increased OHV reg. fees – not 12%
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Re: CORVA Action Alert! 90 Million OHV funds at stake!!!

Post by tomjeeps2 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 5:56 pm

Letter to the Editor: OHV lands use too much park money

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I received this email from Mike this morning. Wanted to share with the rest of you the assault we are constantly facing from the other side. Mike is asking for letters of rebuttal be sent to the HD Star.

The Hi-Desert Star is Yucca Valley's bi-weekly news paper. The following misinformation appeared in the readers write section of Saturday's edition.

LETTER: OHV lands use too much park money

Published: Friday, July 10, 2009 6:43 PM CDT
D.S. Wenzel
Twentynine Palms

"Very soon three-quarters of California's state parks will close, unless the legislature replaces $143 million in general fund monies. While law enforcement and fire protection programs are being slashed, off-highway vehicle (OHV) programs continue on fully funded. Not one State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is slated for closure.

It is a problem that OHV programs are taxpayer funded instead of user funded, but only 12 percent ($10.2 million) of OHV Trust Fund monies come from OHV users. This year the OHV trust fund will receive $49.8 million from fuel taxes paid by Californians who use vehicles on the pavement but do not use OHVs.

Those millions will not go to keep up dirt roads in state parks that are open to all Californians, as they should, they will go to maintain dirt tracks in SVRAs.
Fewer than 1 in 15 California households use OHVs and only a portion of those use SVRAs - these elite few are deriving huge benefits ($49,800,000) at the expense of the rest of Californians.

California's non-OHV parks and public lands are open to everyone. Those parks should get the bulk of the tax dollars derived from recreational driving, not the facilities closed to all but the OHV-owning elite.

Fifty-million dollars would go a long way toward replacing lost state parks general funds, and it may keep the park you use open!

No one is asking that OHV activity stop, just that OHV owners do the reasonable thing and bear their fair share of the burden.

…Call California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at (916) 651-4006 and Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass at (916) 319-2047 and tell them to tap the OHV Trust Fund to support state parks for all Californians."
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Re: CORVA Action Alert! 90 Million OHV funds at stake!!!

Post by Rekd » Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:20 pm

tomjeeps2 wrote: The Hi-Desert Star is Yucca Valley's bi-weekly news paper. The following misinformation appeared in the readers write section of Saturday's edition.
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