Looks like their after the boaters funds this time. I just recieved this from one of the lobbiests and thought I would share since I know a lot of people here have boats as well. Below is my letter to Sen Kastama.
FYI- please support our boating allies.
Citizens for Parks and Recreation
James L. King, Jr., Coordinator
120 State Ave NE #199
Olympia, WA 98501-8212
Cellular Phone (360)480-0038
Message Phone (360)754-6800
--- On Wed, 2/29/12, David J. wrote:
From: David J.
Subject: [rbaw-elert] BOATERS! EMMERGENCY ACTION ALERT
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 5:59 PM
************************** RBAW EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT *******************************
Please E-mail or call members of the Washington State Senate "Ways & Means Committee" today.
Background: The State Senate Operating Budget (SSB 5967) released Tuesday proposes a $4.6M "shift" of the boater's money --- a "shift" on the Recreation Resource Account (RRA) that is the boater's un-refunded gas tax money that is dedicated to grants for boating infrastructure (primarily launch ramp upgrades, mooring buoys, etc.). The "shift" would take boater's money and give it to Fish and Wildlife law enforcement for operating funds.
This is an emergency. Email or call members of the Senate Ways & Means Committees today.
Please see the committee list below (Link) for Senate Ways and Means Members and their contact information (OR use cut & paste e-mail address list.on bottom of this message)
Tell them that you are strongly against the proposed "shift" in the Senate Operating Budget that would transfer $4.6M from the Recreation Resource Account (RRA) in the Capital Budget and devote the funds to WDFW law enforcement.
Raiding dedicated funds in capital budgets for operating funds is shortsighted and "just kicks the can down the road". The RRA funds grow the state's economy. It makes no sense to undermine an account that builds infrastructure for the $4B boating industry, creates jobs now, and helps grow the economy.
This is an emergency. Please contact these Legislators NOW.
-Steve Greaves, 1st VP RBAW
SENATE WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO CONTACT
Senator Ed Murray
Senator Michael Baumgartner
Senator Lisa Brown
Senator Steve Conway
Senator Karen Fraser
Senator Nick Harper
Senator Brian Hatfield
Senator Mike Hewitt
Senator Janéa Holmquist Newbry
Senator Jim Honeyford
Senator Jim Kastama
Senator Karen Keiser
Senator Derek Kilmer
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Senator Mike Padden
Senator Linda Evans Parlette
Senator Cheryl Pflug
Senator Craig Pridemore
Senator Debbie Regala
Senator Mark Schoesler
Senator Rodney Tom
Senator Joseph Zarelli
Dear Senator Kastama please vote no on ssb5967. Last time its was a theft of the NOVA account that funds ORV and recreation and this time its the theft of DEDICATED boaters funds. We trust our government to use these funds as we direct them to Stealing them to give to another use is just that THEFT. Please stop this bill dead in its tracks and help to restore a little trust in our elected officials.
I liken actions like this to what if I decided to tell the dept. of revenue that I wasn't going to give them the tax money that I collected for the from my customers but instead I was going to give it to Labor and industries since they were a little short this month. I wonder how well that would go over ?
Sincerely Jim Putman