SAM Visits Washington D.C.
Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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Henry Burton, Legislative Correspondent for Congressman John Olver, meets with Randy Toth, Legislative Committee Chair for the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, during a visit to Washington D.C. on March 29, 2011. Randy was discussing the importance of the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) and asking that the Congressman continue his support for the program. The grant program applies the “user-pay, user benefit” philosophy, returning federal Off Highway Vehicle gas tax collected from recreationalist to fund trail projects on public lands. SAM has taking part in the program for years, funding projects on lands managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as other state and municipal properties. The funded projects have included trail maintenance, trail restoration, new trails, safety programs, groomer purchases and other equipment. The majority of the projects have benefited all users who recreate outdoors in the winter, as well as the summer.

SAM supports continued funding of the Recreational Trail Program and urges members of Congress to continue returning gas taxes paid by recreationalist to recreational trails. Both SAM president Dan Gould and Randy Toth visited the Massachusetts congressional offices in Washington, DC this year.

The SAM delegation was in Washington D.C. for four days during the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) annual Fly-In, where snowmobile associations from all over the United States meet. The SAM delegation visited the office of every Massachusetts Congressman and Senator, relaying the importance of continued support for the RTP, as well as other important matters that concern snowmobilers.

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