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Pain at the pump -- Stop SB 350

The majority party (Democrat Party) is, at the same time,  pushing for a 12 cents per gallon increase in the gas tax we all pay at the pump to backfill the money they have diverted from infrastructure projects.   Other tax increases they have proposed include a 22 cent per gallon increase on diesel fuel, a $35 increase in vehicle registration fees, a $100 zero emission vehicle fee, and a $35 dollar per vehicle annual road usage charge. These taxes will be devastating to individuals and families who are already on a tight budget, and punish rural Californians who have to drive farther to get to work or their kids to school.   The double whammy of reducing available fuel and increasing taxes will veer California’s economy off the road.   These increased taxes and regulations will punish hardworking Californians who are trying to earn a living and take their kids to school.   The majority party has designed these tax increases to skirt Proposition 13 so they won’t need to be approved by voters.   We have to get the message to them that the taxpayers do not support these tax increases. Don’t let them tax you without hearing from you.   You can sign the online petition here from CA State Senator Joel Anderson.

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Wildlife Associated Recreation Increases

New Report Shows Rise in Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Related Recreation Participation in 28 States - Billions of dollars generated for local economies and conservation

Participation in wildlife-associated recreation increased in 28 states since 2006, according to the findings of the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation State Overview Report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today.  The State Overview Report is the second in a series of reports to be released by the Service over the next few months highlighting results from the National Survey.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released the first report on August 15, 2012.  The National Survey, conducted since 1955, measures participation in these activities and related spending on trips and equipment across the nation and in individual states. The 2011 National Survey data show that hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion last year on related gear, trips and other purchases such as licenses, tags and land leasing or ownership.

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To litigate, or not to litigate, that is the question

To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. Hamlet's soliloquy poses a complex question that can be re-phrased: To litigate, or not to litigate, that is the question...A complex question that needs some background to explain.  The California OHV program was created in 1971 as a self-funded program.  The primary funding is derived from registration of off-road vehicles, entries fees to State Vehicle Recreation Areas (SVRA), and revenue derived from a calculation of the motor vehicle fuel tax paid for fuel used in off-highway recreation.  In 2007, SB-742 was approved by a near unanimous vote and changed the motor vehicle fuel tax revenue to be derived from a calculation based on the actual number of OHV recreation-related public land visitor-use-days.

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