Senate pulls "Faith-Based Initiative" for now, but it
will be back - S.476 include special tax breaks to powerful land trusts
when buying up property
Alert from American Land Rights Association
TAX FAVORITISM for the multi-billion dollar land trusts may be losing
ground! Fiscal responsibility and private property rights may be WINNING!
The United State Senate this week pulled from consideration Senate
S.476, called the "Faith-Based Initiative." However, it
will be back again
next week, the week of April 7 to 11.
S. 476 includes a provision that allows the Nature Conservancy and
powerful land trusts a special tax break when buying property - at
expense of private schools, churches and private sector, who are all
at a comparative disadvantage.
The Nature Conservancy has THREE BILLION dollars in assets, and an
annual income in 2001 of $732 million dollars - tax free, tax
exempt!!! And yet the land trusts want more, more and more special
breaks in addition to the billions already mooched from the tax code!!!
S. 476 was pulled from consideration because of objections to several
of the bill, of which the Land Trust Tax Favoritism was just one
part. However, the land trusts see this as a fantastic gravy train
themselves, and will make a major push again next week.
**** PLEASE - ALL OUT GRASSROOTS ACTION ALERT!!! ****
SEE ACTION ITEMS BELOW!!!
ONE) Multi-BILLION dollar land trusts handed special tax breaks!
TWO) Enviros made eligible for EVEN MORE grant money!
NEXT WEEK, the week of April 7 to April 11, the Senate will vote
on S. 476.
S. 476, "CARE" Act, Sections 106 and 107
Here is a description of the tax favoritism for environmental groups
government agencies - at the expense of faith-based non-profits such
churches and private schools - that has been inserted into the Faith
It is S.476, Sections 106 and 107, called the "CARE" Act,
which began as
the President Bush's Faith Based Initiative bill. It states that on
of land and water rights, the seller will have his capital gains tax
reduced by 25% - ONLY if he sells to an environmental group or a government
agency. The usual taxes apply if the land or water rights are sold
non-environmentalist non-profit, or to a private party.
This places at a competitive disadvantage the following:
a) All non-profits that are not "conservationist" environmental
including churches, orphanages, private schools, and social service
b) All private parties who may want to purchase will also have to
higher amount, in order to compete with the tax break accruing to
seller - only if he sells to an environmental group or to a government
c) In areas, usually in the western U.S., where the federal government
already owns most of the land, this proposal will accelerate turnover
property to the government and resulting loss of tax base for
municipalities and economic activity for communities.
d) In many cases, the land owner who is selling the land will not
benefit. When other parties are discouraged from bidding, the
environmental group can lower their bid by the amount of the tax break.
the only beneficiary is the environmental group.
ALSO - Environmental and animal rights causes are being treated THE
SAME AS religious groups in competition for federal taxpayer-financed
Mr. David Kuo, of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives, said that
Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to include green causes
"great" idea, according to CNS news. And David Riggs of
"The bureaucracy is taking this as an opportunity to further
Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute warned that
"faith-based" program would be inundated by environmental
will start "finding religion" in order to qualify for the
grants. "I think it's obscene that Green Groups will simply add
Judeo-Christian face in order to provide themselves a deeper pocket,"
told CNS News.
****** ACTION ITEMS: ******
VOTE NO - on the "faith based" enviro scam!!!!!!!
TELL your two Senators:
ONE) S.476, Sections 106 and 107 - Multi-BILLION dollar land trusts
need special TAX FAVORITISM over private schools and churches!!!
TWO) Environmental and animal rights groups should not be permitted
qualify as faith based organizations and apply for tax funds!!!
***PLEASE*** WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW:
-----1. Call both your Senators. You may call any Senator at the
Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. YOU CAN USE TWO TEMPORARY TOLL FREE
NUMBERS. THEY ARE: (800) 648-3516 or (877) 762-8762. When the
switchboard answers, ask for your Senators office. Then ask for the
person who covers S.476, the Faith Based Initiative tax bill.
-----2. Send a fax objecting to this special secret deal to both
Senators. If you do not have their fax number, call the toll free
above to get it from your Senator.
-----3. Send a letter to them at the following addresses:
Honorable _________ US Senate, Washington, DC 20510.
-----4. Tell your local newspaper about this special interest secret
attack on private property.
-----5. Call your local radio station or talk show. You must make
controversy as possible quickly.
-----6. Call at least three (3) friends to get them to call.
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