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Original Action Alert:
Click Take Action to urge Governor Scott NOT to opt out of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
As you know, the RTP faced elimination in last session’s transportation reauthorization showdown in Congress but thanks to some key Members the program survived. However, there was one compromise that was included in the final reauthorization legislation: Governors can choose to opt their state out of the RTP. Governor Scott is again considering exercising this option.
The RTP is a federal program that funds the development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail uses including hiking, bicycling, equestrian use, off-highway motorcycle riding, all-terrain vehicle riding, and other recreational uses. The program derives its funding from gas taxes collected at the pump when dirt bike and ATV riders and other off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts fill up their machines. The rationale behind RTP is the user-pay, user-benefit philosophy. Essentially, since OHVers are paying taxes on fuel that will be used on trails, not highways, then some of the taxes collected should be used to benefit trails.
It is imperative that you click Take Action to make sure that Governor Scott understands how important the RTP is to you and to recreation in his state.