Action Alert–Call Congress to Save HPF Funding

URGENT….CONTACT MINNESOTA’S CONGRESSIONAL

REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS TODAY!!!!

FY 2011 Historic Preservation Funding is at Stake!

Preservation Action, the national historic preservation lobbying nonprofit, has been reporting that the funding levels for the federal government are currently being provided through a Continuing Resolution (CR) that expires on March 4, 2011.  This CR, as result of Congress being unable to agree on a budget, extended funding for FY 2011 at FY 2010 levels.

What happens in February and March is anyone’s guess.  Many believe that there will be a serious attempt to cut funding for the rest of FY 2011 to FY 2008 levels, or much worse.  Here is what a rollback to FY 2008 would mean:

NPS Budget Line Item FY 2008 FY 2010 Impact

State Historic Preservation Officers

Historic Preservation Fund $ 39,376,000 $ 46,500,000 -15.3%

Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

Historic Preservation Fund $ 6,399,000 $ 8,000,000 -20%

Save America’s Treasures

Historic Preservation Fund $25,000,000 $ 25,000,000 0

Preserve America

Preservation & Recreation Account $7,500,000 $ 4,600,000 63%

Heritage Areas

Preservation & Recreation Account $15,500,000 $ 18,000,000 -13.8%

With so many disparate voices on the Hill, bills specifically calling for the elimination of Save America’s Treasures, Preserve America and Heritage Areas, and a focus on reduced spending and deficit reduction, it is important that we let our legislators know how important historic preservation is – not only for the protection of our American heritage, but for their ability to stimulate economic development and to create jobs.

WE NEED YOU TO CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND ASK THAT HE OR SHE:

1. Provide at least level funding for the rest of FY 2011 (at FY 2010 levels) for our nation’s historic preservation programs.

2. If necessary, defend our nation’s historic preservation programs from elimination or substantial cuts.

3. Support the heritage preservation and job creation effects of our federal historic preservation programs.

If you have a legislator on an Appropriations Committee (House or Senate), it is even more important that you make contact!  A list of committees and members can be found here.  Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D–St. Paul) sits on the Appropriations Committee.  Click here for her contact information.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 202.637.7873 or atmail@preservationaction.org.

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