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Folks contact Kraig Paulsen and tell him to remove page 10 from the Iowa Tax Payer Relief Act. Tell him Sportsmen's Constitutionally protected Fish & Wildlife Trust Fund has absolutely Nothing to do with the states General Revenues Fund. The present economic status of the states general revenues and overall state budget is Exactly why the Iowa Sportsmen long ago made sure that their sporting dollars generated from license sale, stamp sales and permit sales were kept separate from the states general revenues funds. We knew that in an economic down turn that if our sporting dollars where tied to the states general revenues fund that we could watch our limited revenues get sucked up into the states budget short falls and that solutions to that problem could in fact deprive us sportsmen of our revenues to do what must be done to save , restore or enhance Iowa Habitat. The measure we took as sportsmen protected our revenues from being sucked up into state budget shortfalls so that we even in bad times could in fact continue to invest our limited resources back into the Iowa landscape to enhance our habitat conditions and certainly provide greater recreational opportunities.

As I read one of the weekly new letters that I get from Senators & Representatives in DM which was Kraig Paulsens report I found a few things that struck me and should help you as the sportsmen " Make your Voices Heard" loud and clear. Folks this is all about keeping our constitutionally Protected sporting revenues Free of Big Government Control. Page 10 of the Tax Payer Relief Act is nothing more than Big Brother trying to take Control over how we as sportsmen spend our resources. Remember our conservation programs where set up to do specific things for our way of life and if we let them take control, WE will not be able to do a dam thing to stem the tide of wide spread habitat loss in this state as the proposal on page 10 is all inclusive in it's words. " Any Agreement " other statements such as " 100% reduction in land acquisition" Is this what we want as sportsmen? Is this why we set up our sportsmen's funds the way we did? Are you going to let them take control over our revenues? Send the message folks as this proposal is moving fast and if we loose our ability as sportsmen to invest our resources onto the Iowa landscape just Who will be the one to benefit? You or the things we have been combating our whole lives? Read the News brief as I only took a portion of it as a means to help you make your Opinions Known.

Many of the ideas in the Taxpayers First Act came directly from Iowans. As this bill moves through the process, we continue our efforts to hear from Iowans. Next week there will be a public hearing held on Tuesday, January 18th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the House chamber. To sign up to speak on the bill, feel free to call (515) 281-5129.

I would like to encourage you to continue to email or call me with your thoughts or ideas. You can reach me at [email protected] or (515) 281-3521.

PS. Folks dont forget to call your own Senator / Representative in DM on the issue above but make sure to contact Mr. Paulsen. This is absolutely Urgent.
 

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Bill would you post a link or a copy of page 10 so that we can read it.
 

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DIVISION IV
25 AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
E 0001-01-01 26 Sec. 21. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES —— REAL PROPERTY
27 ACQUISITION CURTAILED.
28 1. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, for the
29 period beginning on the effective date of this section through
30 the close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011, the
31 department of natural resources shall not enter into a new
32 arrangement to acquire or otherwise control real property.
33 2. For the purposes of this section, “new arrangement” means
34 an obligation entered into on or after the effective date of
35 this section. An obligation includes but is not limited to
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1 an agreement, contract, lease-purchase arrangement, or any
2 other instrument leading to state ownership or control of real
3 property that was not previously owned or controlled by the
4 state. “New arrangement” does not include a real property
5 acquisition or control project for which an appropriation to
6 the department was encumbered prior to the effective date of
7 this section.
8 3. This section, being deemed of immediate importance,
9 takes effect upon enactment.


( What they didnt put in is the fact that this means 100% curtail, meaning all. That means we get a big fat zero when it comes to buying any new lands and it means zero when it comes to any other agreement. )

This is seriously a misguided attempt to score public perception points why at the same time giving a certain portion of the game all the cards and control over even more wide spread Habitat loss. Period.
 

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Amendment of 1996

[44] Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended by adding the following new section:

Fish and Wildlife Protection Funds. SECTION 9. All revenue derived from state license fee for hunting, fishing, and trapping, and all state funds appropriated for, and federal or private funds received by the state for, the regulation or advancement of hunting, fishing, or trapping, or the protection, propagation, restoration, management, or harvest of fish or wildlife, shall be used exclusively for the performance and administration of activities related to those purposes.

( Now they want to strip away the above and prevent us from doing what our funds where designed for. Ask yourself this question, who is going to benefit from this action? ) I hope you get this one because it is who's behind it all none the less. )
 

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Here is some information as to how you may help influence the battle to save your ability to use your sporting revenues to continue to put habitat and more opportunities on the ground as it always has. You can e mail your written comments ,to be sent to the Legislative Information Office at: [email protected]

Let them know that as an Iowa Sportsmen that you do not support the proposal that is on page 10 of the tax payer relief act that is to prohibit our IDNR from any new lands or prohibit them from any agreement where real property may be acquired. The only opportunity we have under page 10 to generate more opportunities is if the land is donated to the IDNR. Here is the Constitutional Amendment that protects and describes how your sporting revenues are to be utilized.
Amendment of 1996

[44] Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended by adding the following new section:

Fish and Wildlife Protection Funds. SECTION 9. All revenue derived from state license fee for hunting, fishing, and trapping, and all state funds appropriated for, and federal or private funds received by the state for, the regulation or advancement of hunting, fishing, or trapping, or the protection, propagation, restoration, management, or harvest of fish or wildlife, shall be used exclusively for the performance and administration of activities related to those purposes.

Here is the Tax Payer Relief Act Proposal that is on page 10 that will stomp your 1996 constitutional amendment into the mud and prohibit you as sportsmen from utilizing your resources for the designed purpose in said 1996 amendment.

Reduce the Department of Natural Resources land acquisition for FY 2011 by 100 percent of unencumbered appropriation. This is what they put in the Proposed Bill.

DIVISION IV
25 AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
E 0001-01-01 26 Sec. 21. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES â€"â€" REAL PROPERTY
27 ACQUISITION CURTAILED.
28 1. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, for the
29 period beginning on the effective date of this section through
30 the close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011, the
31 department of natural resources shall not enter into a new
32 arrangement to acquire or otherwise control real property.
33 2. For the purposes of this section, “new arrangement” means
34 an obligation entered into on or after the effective date of
35 this section. An obligation includes but is not limited to
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D R A F T
H.F. _____
1 an agreement, contract, lease-purchase arrangement, or any
2 other instrument leading to state ownership or control of real
3 property that was not previously owned or controlled by the
4 state. “New arrangement” does not include a real property
5 acquisition or control project for which an appropriation to
6 the department was encumbered prior to the effective date of
7 this section.
8 3. This section, being deemed of immediate importance,
9 takes effect upon enactment.

PS. I hope everyone can send an e-mail or 2 over this vital issue. It is point critical that we protect our Fish & Wildlife Trust Fund.
 

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TH and your like a rabid dog! :lol:

I have other information to help sportsmen make good talking points but first have to dbl check some things before i post it. that may not happen until Tuesday.
 

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If You want an economic file E-MAIL [email protected]

The best source of information is the 2006 report on economic contributions of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Watching in Iowa. It is a part of the national study paid for by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. A summary of the findings is presented in the following article:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1561507/economic_impact_of_fishing_and_hunting.html?cat=3

The full report can be downloaded for free from the site below:

http://www.southwickassociates.com/freereports/

Consequences to HF45 PROPOSAL ON PAGE 10

DNR manages 130,000 acres of land under lease agreements with federal or local governments. These lease agreements let the DNR manage lands adjacent to forests, parks, wildlife management areas, preserves and fisheries, providing for more public recreational opportunities , natural resource management, and access. The language would prohibit additional leases, including renewals, which typically happen every 5-10 years.

DNR often procures temporary construction easements or flooding easement's from willing sellers to access property, to construct roads or buildings, to improve wildlife habitat (i.e., wetlands) or to improve water quality in lakes, ponds and streams. This law would delay that practice and that capability, thereby impacting a number of management efforts and construction projects.
The law would temporarily Stop the very successful conservation easement program where the DNR acquires only the conservation value of certain tracts of land, of which many are donated. Much of this work is done in partnership with the Iowa Conservation Organizations like Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and major National Conservation organizations like DU. PF ect-ect. A conservation easement lets landowners remain in ownership of their land, while ensuring permanent conservation protection. Conservation easements assist in protecting and improving water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resources in general. Conservation easements have been an especially valuable tool in protecting trout fisheries in cold water streams and in matching some federal and conservation programs as well as those managed by the partners above.

The proposal on page 10 of the Tax Payer Relief Act undermines the purpose of the 1996 State Constitutional Amendment:
Amendment of 1996

[44] Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended by adding the following new section:

Fish and Wildlife Protection Funds. SECTION 9. All revenue derived from state license fee for hunting, fishing, and trapping, and all state funds appropriated for, and federal or private funds received by the state for, the regulation or advancement of hunting, fishing, or trapping, or the protection, propagation, restoration, management, or harvest of fish or wildlife, shall be used exclusively for the performance and administration of activities related to those purposes.

Are some suggesting that we start circumventing laws to drag state constitutional amendments through the mud?

Financial Implications to HF45 PAGE 10 PROPOSAL
Most land is acquired with federal dollars, which would otherwise be spent in other states.
The DNR uses no General Funds for land acquisition; buys only from willing sellers at or below the appraised fair market value.
The REAP fund allocated to the DNR is specifically mandated to be used for open space protection and for the development of parks and facilities. There are requirements within this fund that include a percentage for cost-sharing with private conservation organizations; a percentage for the Protected Waters Area program; and a percentage that goes to pay local property tax payments. The DNR pays annual property taxes to Iowa counties. In FY 11, the DNR paid $690,000 in local property taxes. If the DNR was prevented from using these funds for land, the money would be allocated for park and facility development projects and to pay property taxes on existing state lands. There would be no savings to the state of Iowa.
Are those who Support page 10 of the Tax Payer Relief Act indicating that they wish to stop recreational Economic Growth? Are they Supporting the page 10 proposal that would Stop Recreational Job Growth?

Again one of our most underdeveloped economic engines is that of recreation and it just so happens to be the only investment in Iowa that provides sustained / perpetual dividends to Iowa's Economy!

Landowner and Public Service Effected by HF45 PAGE 10 PROPOSAL

All DNR-owned lands are purchased only from willing sellers. Typically, landowners have wanted the DNR to purchase the lands to set aside for flood plain management and recreation.
DNR public lands represent natural areas considered marginal land for agricultural purposes, with a very low average CSR (corn suitability rating) of 32.1.
Less than 1% of the lands and water acres of Iowa are under protection by the DNR.
In the fall of 2010, 16 Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Forums were conducted around the state, and attendees included current license buyers (residents and non-residents); natural resources partner groups such as Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Ducks Unlimited; the general public; and Iowa legislators. Participants were invited to discuss fish and wildlife management practices in Iowa, and asked to provide feedback on current and future concerns and opportunities. The number one concern that was brought up at every meeting was the lack of enough public lands or over-crowding on existing public lands for hunting and trapping activities.
Iowa ranks 49th in the country in the percentage of public land. (National Wilderness Institute)

Benefits of Public IDNR Lands to the state of Iowa

Recreation on natural areas is a significant economic anchor in Iowa. Hunters, anglers and wildlife viewers spent $974,000 in retail sales in Iowa, creating and supporting more than 17,800 jobs and creating a total economic benefit of $1.54 billion.
Visits to Iowa’s state and county lakes, parks and trails translates to 50 million visits, supports 27,400 jobs, and generates statewide spending of $2.63 billion. (“Economic Value of Iowa’s Natural Resources”, ISU, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development.)
Each acre of public wildlife area generates $402 annually in economic activity.

My statement:

Now I ask YOU, can you imagine if we did everything we could to improve upon our public land ranking , recreational opportunities and what that would mean to our states economy, job creation? Instead, what do we do? We allow ourselves to get hoodwinked into supporting proposals like this that do everything in it's power to stomp our true recreational economic ability and potential into the GUTTER! Reminds me a lot of Iowa's Water Quality.
Every last Representative & Senator who votes to Support this measure certainly will not be forgotten by Iowa Sportsmen, Conservationist, Naturalist, and a whole list of Conservation Organizations come next election.
Simply put: If you vote to Support this measure in the Tax Payer Relief Act / on page 10,
DIVISION IV
25 AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
E 0001-01-01 26 Sec. 21. DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES â€"â€" REAL PROPERTY
27 ACQUISITION CURTAILED.
28 1. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, for the
29 period beginning on the effective date of this section through
30 the close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011, the
31 department of natural resources shall not enter into a new
32 arrangement to acquire or otherwise control real property.
33 2. For the purposes of this section, “new arrangement” means
34 an obligation entered into on or after the effective date of
35 this section. An obligation includes but is not limited to
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LSB 1319YC (53) 84
tm/jp 10/58
D R A F T
H.F. _____
1 an agreement, contract, lease-purchase arrangement, or any
2 other instrument leading to state ownership or control of real
3 property that was not previously owned or controlled by the
4 state. “New arrangement” does not include a real property
5 acquisition or control project for which an appropriation to
6 the department was encumbered prior to the effective date of
7 this section.
8 3. This section, being deemed of immediate importance,
9 takes effect upon enactment.

Then you Support Killing Recreational Economic Growth & Recreational Job Growth and further perpetuating Iowa's Environmental nightmares. Try explaining that one next election when tax payers of Iowa get the Bill for clean Up! Tell them what you done to save them money as we fork out Millions & Billions to clean up Iowa's contaminated non-point source waters / flood waters.

You know what it is? Subsidies destruction as long as the tax payer foots the Bill.

Simple as that!

Sincerely,

William J. Smith
 

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Every last Representative & Senator who votes to Support this measure certainly will not be forgotten by Iowa Sportsmen, Conservationist, Naturalist, and a whole list of Conservation Organizations come next election.


B.S.
Most of them will vote Republican like every other election and complain about the DNR letting Iowa continue to slide backwards on conservation issues. :roll:
 

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I think it goes both ways brother but those of us willing to give the hell will not forget and that could be a huge factor in this thing we call political BS.
 
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