Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
Mark Werkmeister, President of the New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA) just sent us an email alert regarding the New Mexico State Legislatures raid on their OHV Fund. The money was included in a bill passed last week, which will take $116 million dollars from various state accounts to help make up the huge New Mexico budget deficit. The bill was part of the larger patchwork of bills that the special legislative session produced and sent to the Governor's desk for signature.
There is still time to do something about this. The Governor has the authority to use a 'line item veto' on the legislation. That means that is he can cross out bits and pieces of a bill and still sign the rest into law. The Governor has asked the citizens of New Mexico to let him know how they feel about the bills dealing with the deficit that are sitting on his desk. So please read the alert below and take action now!
Please encourage your friends and riding buddies to subscribe to BRC's Action Alert list in order to keep up to date on all of the various land use issues in NM. Also, be sure to bookmark NMOHVA's excellent website (http://www.nmohva.org). The folks at NMOHVA have certainly earned our support, and we encourage you to become a member (http://nmohva.org/form.html).
Thanks in advance for your support,
Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107


Tell the Governor to Veto the OHV Fund Raid
October 26 2009
The Governor Asks for Feedback on Raiding the OHV Fund
Yes, Governor Richardson wants to hear from you!

Two days ago, I sent out an email update letting you know that the legislature had taken the $800,000 in the OHV fund (Trail Safety Fund) to help make up the State's budget deficit.

Many of you have asked, "What can we do?" At the time, my answer was "Nothing," as the legislation was already on the Governor's desk for his signature. That changed yesterday, now there is something each of us can do.

The Governor has asked the citizens of New Mexico to let him know how they feel about the bills dealing with the deficit that are sitting on his desk. The Governor has the authority to use a 'line item veto' on the legislation. That means that is he can cross out bits and pieces of a bill and still sign the rest into law.

Here is what each of you can do. Contact the Governor's office and tell him that he should leave the $800,000 in the Trail Safety Fund. Tell him that the Fund was established four years ago with fees paid for by a particular group of citizens for a specific purpose. The State has not yet spent one single penny of the Fund for the benefit of the citizens that paid those fees. Those citizens should be respected and the fund should only be spent as allowed by its legislation.

Here is the contact information:
The best option is to call the Governor's office directly at (505) 476-2200.
You can also email the Governor directly:

http://www.governor.state.nm.us/emailchoice.php?mm=6
You can also email his personal assistant at:
[email protected]
Remember, the Governor ASKED us for our opinion on this issue.
Mark Werkmeister - President
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