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[RC] URGENT NOTICE ABOUT TRAIL FUNDING! - Hickory Ridge Arabians

Subject: URGENT NOTICE ABOUT TRAIL FUNDING!>

I received this information and felt that it was just too important  not to
get it to everyone. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO  CONTACT YOUR
REPRESENTATIVES CONCERNING TRAIL  FUNDING!
Jerry Fruth  Chairman, AERC Trails Committee
ACT NOW TO SAVE TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS
FUNDING

The Threat

The House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee voted
to prohibit the use of federal funds for the enhancements
program for the fiscal year that begins this October 1st. Killing
enhancements is one of many regressive transportation
spending decisions championed by the subcommittee
chairman, Representative Istook of Oklahoma. Amtrak and
public transit are also hurt, and the bill reflects an outdated
"roads only" approach to transportation spending.

Next Steps
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to
consider the subcommittee's outrageous recommendations on
Monday afternoon, July 21st. The measure will go to the House
itself shortly thereafter for debate and vote.

The Issue
Enhancements is by far the most popular federal
transportation program - with citizens and local communities.
Most state transportation agencies like it too because it
facilitates a working relationship with communities and builds
support for transportation programs among citizens.

Since 1991, enhancements provided $6 billion for 16,699
projects that enhance community benefits of transportation
investments - less than two cents of every federal transportation
dollar. Nearly $3 billion of community investment went into the
projects.

Half of the twelve enhancement activities relate directly or
indirectly to preservation of transportation-related historic and
cultural resources, including historic bridges and roads,
transportation, museums, visitor centers, rail depots and other
historic transportation facilities, historic Main Street
revitalizations, and the purchase of historic sites.

Action Needed
Tell your representatives that you are outraged by the
proposed elimination of enhancements and urge them to
oppose it and do all they can to make sure it is defeated. Call the
U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to
your representative's office.







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