41377Re: Local parks get ZERO in latest TX budget
- Apr 30, 2013Cheryl (CADrake), and Roger and Mary (Hazzmer, and I went to a meeting about this last night. While it is true that the parks at this time seem to have got most of their funding back, this 15.5 million still needs support. Actually, it all still needs support because it ain't over until it's over.
Don't just call the guys on the list below, call your own representative as well. Don't bother with email. Phone calls work the best.
--- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, Matthew Manning <bananapoo@...> wrote:
> I got this in an email and I thought this group might want to see it.
> > ----- Forwarded Message -----
> > From: Luke Metzger <noreply@...>
> > Subject: Local parks get ZERO in latest TX budget
> > The good news is the House and Senate recently approved budgets that
> restore much of the funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,
> such that no state parks should have to close. This is a big deal and we
> should all feel proud for helping get our message through to the
> > Unfortunately, the budget currently has no money included for the local
> parks grant program. It's not too late, though, to change this - a
> conference committee of legislators is meeting over the next few days to
> reconcile the House and Senate versions of the budget. We are asking them
> to include $15.5 million for the Local Parks Grant Program.
> > Can you call the conference committee members and ask them to restore
> funding for the local parks grant program? Rep. Myra Crownover and Sen.
> Chuy Hinojosa are taking the lead on this section of the budget, so they
> are the most important people to call. The full committee is below as well.
> > Rep. Myra Crowner (R - Denton) 512-463-0582
> > Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D - McAllen) 512-463-0120
> > Rest of Budget Conference Committee
> > Sen. Tommy Williams (R - The Woodlands) 512-463-0104
> > Rep. Jim Pitts (R - Waxahachie) 512-463-0516
> > Sen. Robert Duncan (R - Lubbock) 512-463-0128
> > Sen. Jane Nelson (R - Flower Mound) 512-463-0112
> > Sen. John Whimire (D - Houston) 512-463-0115
> > Rep. Sylvester Turner (D - Houston) 512-463-0554
> > Rep. John Otto (R - Dayton) 512-463-0570
> > Rep. John Zerwas (R - Richmond) 512-463-0657
> > Background
> > In 2011, the Legislature suspended funding for the Texas Parks and
> Wildlife Local Park Grant Programs, which provide matching funds assistance
> to Texas' local governments for the acquisition and development of local
> park and recreation sites, facility development and outreach programs. In
> the past, these grants have been made from dedicated revenues from sporting
> goods sales taxes. The current bill (SB 1) restores much of the funding for
> state parks, but it places the local parks grant program as a second
> priority at the amount of $15.5 million for the biennium. This means it is
> currently not funded but still could be added by a conference committee of
> Senate and House budget negotiators. Since 1979, Texas Parks and Wildlife
> Local Park Grant Programs have invested more than $390.2 million (matching
> funds) grant dollars in 1,630 projects throughout the state to provide
> close to home parks, recreation and conservation experiences for Texans.
> On Apr 20, 2013 11:02 PM, "Indigo Parrish" <indigo.parrish@...> wrote:
> > **
> > --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, Esther Lopez
> > <bigguy9211116@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Whoop! Check out the photo credit!!!!!!!
> > > Our very own IP!!!!
> > >
> > >
> > > Esther/BGTx
> > >
> > >
> > > ----- Forwarded Message -----
> > > From: Latitude 47 <donotreply@>
> > > To: bigguy9211116@
> > > Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 9:02 AM
> > > Subject: [New post] A Geocache 113 Million Years in the Making â"
> > Dinosaur Valley Earthcache (GCQMHY) â" Geocache of the Week
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > WordPress.com
> > > Derek H posted: "Â Millions of years ago, a sea covered a large portion
> > of the land that is now the United States. During this time, dinosaurs
> > called Sauropods and Theropods roamed North Texas. Some experts* say they
> > were geocaching, potentially looking for terrai"
> > >
> > > New post on Latitude 47
> > > A Geocache 113 Million Years in the Making â" Dinosaur Valley
> > Earthcache (GCQMHY) â" Geocache of theÂ Weekby Derek H
> > > Â
> > >
> > > Staring contest, you and me. Go. Photo by geocacher Indigo Parrish.
> > Thank you so much for bringing that blog post to my attention!!
> > That was a fun day. I was working on the "I've Been Everywhere" Challenge
> > with Dinosaur Valley as the highlight of my road trip. My dad wanted to tag
> > along and when we read the info about the T-Rex statue he realized he had
> > seen this very statue 45 years earlier in New York at the 1964 World's
> > Fair. Bizarre that they crossed paths again so many years later in Texas.
> > And the dinosaur tracks in the park are super cool.
> > -Keith (Indigo Parrish)
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