American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)
Published on March 5, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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RTP Update: Hopefully by now, you all know about the Recreational Trails Program.

  • This program is funded by the federal gas tax dollars you pay every time you fill your snowmobile or other OHV.
  • This program is housed in the Highway Bill and is administered by the Department of Transportation.
  • This program is vitally important to our snowmobile trails. The snowmobile clubs and state associations rely on these dollars for our trails programs!
  • The program officially expired a couple of years ago and has been living on extensions. The next extension will expire on March 31st.
  • The House included RTP, with the dedicated funding we have had, in the legislation that recently passed out of committee. Unfortunately it appears further action by the House has stalled.
  • The Senate included RTP but stripped the dedicated funding.
  • Senator Klobuchar from Minnesota has an amendment that will be voted on this week that will reinstate the dedicated funding.
  • Other Senators that are cosponsors of the amedment are: Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC) James Risch (R-ID), Bernard Sanders (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mark Udall (D-CO).

We believe we have solid commitments of support from others but we need you to call or email both of your Senators and ask them to support this amendment.

Remind them that at the current funding level, we receive receive less than 42% of the federal gas taxes paid every year. If this funding is not continued this will convert a legitimate user fee into a new tax on the off highway recreation community. This program is truly a user-pay, user-benefit program.

Please contact your Senators today. If you are not sure how to contact your Senator you can use this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Yellowstone National Park: It is time, once again, to get some comments in on snowmobiling in Yellowstone. It will be very helpful if you could take a couple of minutes to print off a letter and get it submitted. The deadline is Friday, March 9. The link to a sample letter on the ACSA website is: http://www.snowmobilers.org/docs/yellowstone-scoping-comments-mar-2012.doc

Reminders: ACSA Cash Calendars: Winners are posted on the ACSA website at the beginning of each month, http://snowmobilers.org/calendar_raffle_winners.asp

CRT Awards: Recognize some of the outstanding trail projects you have in your area. We really need some snowmobile projects! http://snowmobilers.org/press_release_article.asp?prid=126.

The American Council of Snowmobile Associations is your voice for snowmobiling on national issues. Please contact the ACSA office with any comments, suggestions or questions. Phone: 517-351-4362 www.snowmobilers.org


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