4/04/2003

From: alra@governance.net
Subject: Senate Vote Delayed on Enviro Tax Scam!

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Senate Vote Delayed on Enviro Tax Scam!


***  ALERT  ***  ALERT  ***  ALERT  ***  ALERT!!!!!!!!!!


A  GRASSROOTS  VICTORY  may be in the making!!!  ACTION  NEEDED!

TAX  FAVORITISM  for the multi-billion dollar land trusts may be losing ground!  Fiscal responsibility and private property rights may be  WINNING!

The United State Senate this week pulled from consideration Senate bill S.476, called the "Faith-Based Initiative."  However, it will be back again next week, the week of April 7 to 11.

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 and private sector, 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, more and more special tax breaks in addition to the billions already mooched from the tax code!!!

S. 476 was pulled from consideration because of objections to several parts of the bill, of which the Land Trust Tax Favoritism was just one part.  However, the land trusts see this as a fantastic gravy train for themselves, and will make a major push again next week.


****  PLEASE -  ALL  OUT  GRASSROOTS  ACTION  ALERT!!!  ****

SEE  ACTION  ITEMS  BELOW!!!

ONE)  Multi-BILLION dollar land trusts handed special tax breaks!

TWO)  Enviros made eligible for  EVEN  MORE  grant money!

NEXT  WEEK,  the week of April 7 to April 11, the Senate will vote on S. 476.


S. 476, "CARE" Act, Sections 106 and 107

Here is a description of the tax favoritism for environmental groups and government agencies - at the expense of faith-based non-profits such as churches and private schools - that has been inserted into the Faith Based Initiative.

It is S.476, Sections 106 and 107, called the "CARE" Act, which began as the President Bush's Faith Based Initiative bill.  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, including 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 many 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 the only beneficiary is the environmental group.

ALSO - Environmental and animal rights causes are being treated  THE SAME  AS  religious groups in competition for federal taxpayer-financed grant money!!!

Mr. David Kuo, of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives, said that the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to include green causes is a "great" idea, according to CNS news.  And David Riggs of Greenwatch stated, "The bureaucracy is taking this as an opportunity to further fund liberal green causes."

Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute warned that the "faith-based" program would be inundated by environmental activists who will start "finding religion" in order to qualify for the faith-based grants.  "I think it's obscene that Green Groups will simply add a Judeo-Christian face in order to provide themselves a deeper pocket," he told CNS News.


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

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

TELL  your two Senators:

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

TWO)  Environmental and animal rights groups should not be permitted to qualify as faith based organizations and apply for tax funds!!!


***PLEASE***  WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW:

-----1.   Call both your Senators.  You may call any Senator at the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.  YOU CAN  USE  TWO TEMPORARY  TOLL  FREE NUMBERS.  THEY  ARE:  (800) 648-3516 or (877) 762-8762.   When the switchboard answers, ask for your Senators office.  Then ask for the staff person who covers S.476, the Faith Based Initiative tax 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.  Send a letter to them at the following addresses:

Honorable _________  US Senate, Washington, DC 20510.

-----4.  Tell your local newspaper about this special interest secret attack on private property.

-----5.  Call your local radio station or talk show.  You must make as much controversy as possible quickly.

-----6.  Call at least three (3) friends to get them to call.

PLEASE  FORWARD  AS  WIDELY  AS  POSSIBLE.  WE  CAN  WIN  THIS!



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