4/07/2003

From: alra@governance.net
Subject: !!!CRISIS  ALERT!!!  VOTE  on Enviro Tax Scam!

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American Land Rights Association
PO Box 400  Battle Ground, WA. 98604
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!!!CRISIS  ALERT!!!  VOTE  on Enviro Tax Scam!


CRISIS  ***  ALERT  ***  IMMEDIATE  ACTION  NEEDED!!!!!!!!!!


#####  The United States Senate will vote  THIS  Wednesday, April 9, on S. 476, the "Faith Based Initiative."  #####

This is supposed to help churches, private schools, orphanages and charities with various funding and tax breaks.

### BUT ###  -  the powerful, multi-billion dollar Land Trusts have twisted the bill around so that they benefit  -  at the expense of the faith based institutions the bill was supposed to help!

S. 476 includes a provision that allows the Nature Conservancy and other powerful land trusts a special tax break when buying property - at the expense of private schools, churches, orphanages and charities, who are all placed at a comparative disadvantage.

The Nature Conservancy has  THREE  BILLION  dollars in assets, and an annual income in 2001 of $732 million dollars - tax free, tax exempt!!!  And yet the Land Trusts want more and more special privileges  AT  YOUR  EXPENSE.

#### IMMEDIATE  ACTION  NEEDED ####  PLEASE  HELP!!!  ####

S. 476, "CARE" Act, Sections 106 and 107 - Land Trust Gravy Train

S.476, Sections 106 and 107, called the "CARE" Act, began as the President Bush's Faith Based Initiative bill.  But here is the special provision the Land Trusts had put in for themselves:

It states that on sales of land and water rights, the seller will have his capital gains tax reduced by 25% - ONLY if he sells to an environmental group or a government agency!  The usual taxes apply if the land or water rights are sold to a non-environmentalist non-profit, or to a private party.

This places at a competitive disadvantage the following:

a) All non-profits that are  NOT  "conservationist" environmental groups, such as churches, orphanages, private schools, and social service agencies.

b) All private parties who may want to purchase will also have to bid a higher amount, in order to compete with the tax break accruing to the seller - only if he sells to an environmental group or to a government agency.

c) In areas, usually in the western U.S., where the federal government already owns most of the land, this proposal will accelerate turnover of property to the government and resulting loss of tax base for municipalities and economic activity for communities.

d) In most cases, the land owner who is selling the land will not even benefit.  When other parties are discouraged from bidding, the environmental group can lower their bid by the amount of the tax break.  So effectively, the only beneficiary is the Land Trust.

SEE  ACTION  ITEMS  BELOW!!!

REMOVE  Sections 106 and 107 from S. 476, the "Faith Based Initiative" bill.

SENATE  VOTE  on S.476 is Wednesday, April 9.  KEEP  GOING  with calls, faxes and emails all day Wednesday, just in case the vote is put off till Thursday.

CALL,  FAX  and  EMAIL  -  the land you save may be your own!

#######  TELL  both of your Senators - REMOVE  Sections 106 and 107 from S. 476.  NO special favors for multi-billion dollar Land Trusts!  #######

******  ACTION  ITEMS:  ******

VOTE  NO  -  on the "faith based" enviro scam!!!!!!!

TELL  your two Senators:

S.476, Sections 106 and 107 - Multi-BILLION dollar land trusts do not need special  TAX  FAVORITISM  over private schools and churches!!!

### CRISIS  ALERT ###  WHAT  YOU  MUST  DO  NOW:

-----1.   Call both your Senators.  You may call any Senator at the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.   When the switchboard answers, ask for your Senators office.  Then ask for the staff person who covers S.476, the Faith Based Initiative bill.

-----2.  Send a fax objecting to this special secret deal to both your Senators.  If you do not have their fax number, call the toll free number above to get it from your Senator.

-----3.  Tell your local newspaper about this special interest secret attack on private property.

-----4.  Call your local radio station or talk show.  Make as much controversy as possible quickly!

-----5.  Call at least three (3) friends to get them to call.

THE  VOTE  IS  NOW!  PLEASE  FORWARD  AS  WIDELY  AS  POSSIBLE.

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