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CFB ALERT – Support Ag Sales Tax Exemption

This week the Colorado House of Representatives will consider HB 1005.

HB 1005 repeals  HB 1195, signed into law in 2010, which suspended the exemption on state sales and use taxes imposed on certain items, Ag compounds and pesticides, used in agricultural production from the period March 1, 2010, through June 30, 2013.

Repeal of HB 1195 will bring much needed tax relief to Colorado’s farmers and ranchers.  Please call your House member today and urge them to support HB 1005.  If HB 1005 is not signed into law, then Colorado farmers and ranchers will be stuck paying sales tax for their inputs, which will put them at a disadvantage to surrounding states.

Your members phone number can be found here.

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Call Today, Tax extenders in the House!!!!

Senate Tax extenders in the House!!!!!!!!!! 

Today, December 15, 2010 the Senate passed the tax extenders bill by a vote of 81-19.  The House is projected to begin consideration of this legislation tomorrow, December 16.  

The Senate version of the tax extenders bill contains reforms to the estate tax.  The Senate language would tax families at 35 percent on property worth over $5 million.  If the estate tax issue is not dealt with before January 1, 2011, the estate tax will revert to its original form of a tax rate of 55% on property worth over $1 million.  The 35% rate in the Senate language is making some members of the House think the estate tax is too expensive and should be amended to a 45 percent tax rate on estates worth more than $3.5 million. 

 Colorado Farm Bureau is in strong support of the estate tax provision as passed by the Senate. 

What you need to do is call your representative IMMEDIATELY!  The main Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121 and they can transfer you to your representative’s office.  Urge your representative to support the estate language as passed by the Senate. Agriculture cannot afford for Congress to play political games with the estate tax issue.  The House needs to accept the Senate estate tax language and pass the bill before adjourning for the year.  

Colorado Representatives: 

Diana DeGette-1st Congressional district

Jared Polis- 2nd Congressional district

John Salazar- 3rd Congressional district

Besty Markey- 4th Congressional district

Doug Lamborn- 5th Congressional district

Mike Coffman- 6th Congressional district

Ed Perlmutter- 7th Congressional district

Alert: Speak Out for Private Property

The Governor’s River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force will meet again on Wednesday, October 13 at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center, 100 Wulfsohn Rd., in Glenwood Springs.  The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. reserved for public input.

This is a chance for Farm Bureau members to make their voice heard regarding rafting, private property rights and that these disputes should be settled at the local level.

The Task Force was created for the purpose of crafting a dispute-resolution process to resolve future conflicts between river users and private landowners on Colorado waterways.  If you are unable to make this task force meeting, written input/comments may be provided by email at riveraccess@state.co.us

ALERT: Colorado Legislators, Vote NO on 1188

HB 1188 on Senate Floor this Week…Urge a “NO” Vote!

HB 1188 (the right to float and trespass on private property) has unfortunately passed the House and now we need to turn our attention and focus to the Colorado Senate.

The bill passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 4-3, straight party line vote and is scheduled to be on the Senate floor as soon as Friday, March 19.  We need you to act fast and make your voice heard.

Please contact your senator through this easy to use ALERT system and let them know that you oppose HB 1188 and you want him/her to vote “NO” on this egregious bill.  If you have the time, please personalize your message to your senator so that they know that you really care and that you are watching their vote in this important issue.

We would also ask that you forward this email to your entire list of friends, family and neighbors so that they can also contact their senators!

You do not need to be a member of Farm Bureau to use this ALERT system, just someone who cares about private property rights.

Do not hesitate and let your voice be heard!

ALERT: Senators, Vote NO on HB 1188

We have been notified that HB 1188 the ‘Right to Trespass’ bill’s hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee has been switched to this coming MONDAY, MARCH 15 at 1:30PM.   Please plan to be in Denver if possible to attend the committee hearing in person. We need all hands on deck for this measure if we have any hope of killing it.

We need as many “boots and hats” in the hearing room as possible to counteract the numerous rafting interests that will be present and to let Judiciary Committee members know how important this issue is to agriculture, landowners and property rights.

We also encourage you to use this ALERT to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge them to vote “NO” on HB 1188. If you have the time, please personalize your message to the senators so that they know that you really care and that you are watching their vote in this important issue.

We would also ask that you forward this alert to your entire list of friends, family and neighbors so that they can also contact their senators! You do not need to be a member of Farm Bureau to use this ALERT system, just someone who cares about private property rights.   Do not hesitate and let your voice be heard!

Gazette’s Opposition to HB 1188

As we reported earlier, the Colorado Springs Gazette has courageously opposed HB 1188, the ‘Right to Trespass’ bill. On the webpage containing their editorial is a poll asking readers what they think of the measure. Earlier in the day the numbers were 2-1 opposed to the bill!

However, the rafting community has gotten wind of it and the numbers are now opposite. 60%-30% in SUPPORT of the bill.

Please take a minute to head over to the Gazette’s website and vote in the poll. It is located about half way down on the right hand side. While you’re there, take a look at the crazy conversation going on in the comments section and make a few comments of your own!

Thanks in advance for your help in advocating for private property rights!

ALERT: Vote NO on HB 1188!

HB 1188 is a fundamental attack on private property rights and if passed, will severely compromise a landowner’s ability to restrict access to his/her private property.  In short, this bill is a license to “trespass” and a clear “taking” of one’s property right by nearly every legal mind who has assessed this bill.

Specifically, HB 1188 states that commercial river outfitters will be able to enter private property without first getting the permission of the landowner, if they are portaging while river rafting.  This goes far beyond the “incidental touch” of a raft/boat or a rafter on the bed or banks of a stream.

Further, HB1188 allows for the condemnation of private property for the commercial benefit of another without any concern for the due process or the payment of just compensation to the landowner.  By creating a right to “navigate” on rivers and streams and granting permission to trespass upon private property, the State will be voiding a long recognized right of private ownership.

HB 1188 recently passed out of the  House (40-25) and will now go before the Senate. Please take a minute to let your senators know how you feel about this destructive legislation!! Even if you did an Alert before, please take the time do to another for the Senate’s consideration. Click below!!!

Help us do all that we can to make sure that HB 1188 does not see the light of day. Go to the CFB ALERT page and TAKE ACTION!

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