Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 26, August 11, 2017 →
Congressional Leaders Continuing Work on Tax Reform; Still Time to Meet With Your Members of Congress
Tax reform is quickly becoming the top priority for Congress. Congressional leaders and the Trump administration are moving forward with their efforts to reform the tax code. They are expected to release a a short, 3-4 page, tax reform framework in September. While this document will likely be short on details relating to the Historic Tax Credit, it highlights the work happening behind the scenes to craft tax reform legislation. Congressional leaders have committed to producing tax reform legislation by the end of the year. This makes the August recess (July 31st to September 4th) the best time to reach members of Congress before tax reform legislation is released.
There’s still time to meet with your members of Congress. Invite them to tour a historic tax credit project in their district/state today!
Preservationists and developers recently joined state and local officials to tour historic tax credit projects in Mobile, Alabama. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently toured the progress to historic tax credit projects along St. Louis St. in Mobile. While Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently toured the Merchants National Bank building in Mobile, which is taking advantage of state and federal historic tax credits.
We need your help to protect the HTC! Invite your members of Congress to tour historic tax credit projects in your state/district. Check out recent Action Alert for everything you need to know to successfully advocate for the historic tax credit during the August Recess. Also be sure to share photos and stories from your site visits with us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s information we can take back with us when we meet with members on the Hill!
National Park Service Accepting Applications for African American Civil Rights Grants
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently accepting applications to preserve the sites and stories of African American’s struggle for equal rights in the 20th century. The Civil Rights Grant Program was funded at $13 million in the FY17 Omnibus funding bill that passed in May. The grants are funded through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and administered by the NPS. These civil rights grants will help preserve places and stories that are currently underrepresented in the NPS. Funding for these important grants were once again included in the House FY18 Interior Appropriations bill.
The grants are open to States, territories, federally-recognized tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Organizations, local governments (including Certified Local Governments, and non-profit organizations. Applications will be accepted through two separate funding opportunity announcements, one for physical preservation projects and one for history projects. Applications are due by September 29, 2017.
Preservation Action praises Congress for continuing to recognize the importance of this program. We included the Civil Rights Grant Program in the funding request we made to lawmakers at our annual Advocacy Week in March, and will continue to lobby Congress to make sure these grants are a part of any final appropriations bills.
Living Heritage Symposium: Sept. 6-8, 2017. San Antonio, TX
The San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation invites heritage professionals, policy-makers, academics, and grassroots preservationists from around the world to assemble in San Antonio to answer that question and produce new ideas for managing living heritage in historic cities. For more information, visit the symposium website.
ACRA Annual Conference: Sept. 7-10, 2017. Philadelphia, PA
Each year the American Cultural Resource Association (ACRA) presents a dynamic and multifaceted convention to bring together CRM practitioners and those in related fields.This year’s conference theme is Continental Congress to Capitol Hill-Sustaining a Strong CRM Industry, reflecting the significant historical roots of our host city and the importance of our field. Register today!
National Preservation Conference: Nov. 14-16, 2017. Chicago, IL
Registration is now open for Past Forward 2017, the National Preservation Conference, hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Register today!
PAF After Party and Auction: Nov. 15, 2017. Chicago IL
We’re excited to announce the revival of our annual benefit auction with the Preservation Action Foundation’s After Party and Auction on November 15, 2017 from 830pm-1030pm during the National Preservation Conference in Chicago, IL! The PAF After Party and Auction will be held immediately following the conference opening reception at the Cliff Dwellers Club, on the 22nd floor of the Borg-Warner building. Check out the auction webpage for more information. Ticket information coming soon.
Stories From Around the States
New Hampshire: “Moose Plate Sales Reach $20M for Conservation, Preservation“