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Help Set Alliance Policy Priorities, Fix Federal Problems

Advocates Alert: September 14, 2010

What Policy Work Most Supports Your Work? We Need to Hear from You!

Each year, the Land Trust Alliance's Policy Advisory Council has an open meeting at Rally to consider feedback from the community and discuss which public policy issues we should prioritize for next year.  That meeting is Workshop B-21 "Public Policy 2010 Update and 2011 Review" on Monday, October 4, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm in Room 11 of the Convention Center.  If you are at Rally, we hope you will join us, and give us your input.

Whether you are at Rally or not, we hope you will read the policy options memo and send us your feedback by Friday, September 24th, so that we can share it with the Council and the session participants.  The purpose of the Alliance is to help you conserve land -- and you are the best judge of what public policy work will help most.

Click here for an options memo that includes:

We particularly welcome your narrative comments, both about which issues we should prioritize and how we can most effectively engage your land trust, its board, and its members in building relationships with their elected officials!

The Public Policy Update and Review is just one of three dozen seminars and workshops on policy issues at Rally 2010.  Please make your plans to attend Rally today -- the deadline for registration and discounted hotel reservations is this Friday, September 17th.

Last Chance to Fix Federal Problems and Win a Prize!


Are federal conservation programs utterly flawless?  Back in our August 5th alert, we asked your help identifying problems with federal programs that have made your work more difficult -- and potential solutions.  But so far, we've only received a few submissions and time is running out to get these suggestions to the Obama administration for consideration in their America's Great Outdoors Initiative.

The best submission by email to policy@lta.org by the end of this week gets a prize from us!

  1. Round of beers for whomever shows up at Rally from your land trust (sorry, this prize doesn't apply to TNC employees); or
  2. Bottle of champagne (trust our taste).

Tax Legislation Heating Up, Specifics Remain Fluid

As you may have heard, tax legislation is expected to dominate the remainder of this Congress -- particularly extensions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  We're working hard to get the enhanced easement incentive and estate tax incentives for conservation considered amid the trillion-dollar proposals currently being debated.  We will keep you posted!

The small business legislation advanced by the Senate today does not include the enhanced easement incentive or other expired provisions.

Thanks for attending rally!


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July 17: The House just voted 277-130 to pass the charities package! 56 Democrats joined their Republican colleagues to support charitable giving incentives, including the enhanced easement incentive - the second-highest number of defections after the research and development tax credit. Several others spoke on the floor in support of the conservation easement incentive, and other favorable charitable incentives. Thank you to organizations like Ducks Unlimited, CSF and others that reached out to Congressional offices over the last few days or alerted their membership of this important vote. Now, we pivot to the Senate.
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