Washington State ORV funding

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by tod701, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. tod701

    tod701 Long timer

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    Still at risk.
    If you haven't yet, let your Legislators know what you think about this issue.
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    NOVA FUNDS HELD HOSTAGE

    Your Nonhighway and Offroad Vehicle Activities appropriation for the next two years did not happen during the 2017 legislative sessions.

    This is the money collected from your ORV permit purchases and from the offroad portion of gas tax revenue.

    Thanks to multi-year lobbying efforts by WOHVA and the NMA, the appropriation was to be increased to over 14 million dollars, up from about 9 million just a few years ago.

    NOVA funds are a critical funding source for motorized trail based recreation in our state. Currently the NOVA grants that Washington Department of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service land managers count on to keep ORV areas open are all on hold until if and when the NOVA appropriation happens.

    The NOVA appropriation was bundled into the massive capital budget legislation. Even though the Legislature held multiple special sessions, they failed to pass the capital budget bill due to a partisan battle over including water rights legislation in the budget language.

    The water rights issue is based on a Supreme Court decision that drastically restricted people’s right to put water wells on their property. While this is an important issue to resolve, it is totally unfair to harm offroad vehicle enthusiasts in the process.

    Please tell both of your Washington State House of Representatives members and your Washington State Senator to stop holding your money hostage and make a full NOVA fund appropriation as soon as they start the 2018 legislative session.

    If you don’t know who they are or how to contact them, go to www.leg.wa.gov

    Keep an eye on the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) and Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) Facebook pages to stay up to date on this and other important off highway vehicle news.

    www.nmaoffroad.org www.wohva.org
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  2. 52xc

    52xc Been here awhile

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    With a solid blue wall now I won’t hold my breath for anything but bad stuff happening to us out of Olympia now
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  3. tod701

    tod701 Long timer

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    The 2018 legislative session will likely present us with challenges.
    We are ready, but will need folks to step up and help if/when things get interesting.
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  4. LowOnFuel

    LowOnFuel In the crapper

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    This is why I quit buying ORV permits for WA State soon after they pulled this stuff previously, after they (the government) get away with something once they can't stop themselves from doing it again and again...
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  5. sunncountry

    sunncountry Been here awhile

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    In a nutshell, will these funds(NOVA) be allocated when the budget passes or is there a chance we get screwed again somehow. Thanks for all your work Tod
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  6. tod701

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    I spoke with a member of the House budget negotiating committee this week.
    The appropriation is likely, but not a sure thing considering who is running this time around.
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  7. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Donated my Christmas motorcycle fun money to both WOHVA and NMA Offroad.
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  8. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Depending on schedule and with notice, I could be persuaded to show up in Oly or elsewhere to argue for what is right. I'm a pretty persuasive speaker and can easily do so without notes, which often makes hose I look at feel put on the spot and guilty as sin when they aren't doing what they should be doing.
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