Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 30, September 22, 2017 →
Report: Interior Sec. Zinke Recommends President Trump Shrink 6 National Monuments and Modify 4 Others
According to reports out this week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Trump reduce the size of 6 National Monuments and modify 4 others. Sec. Zinke submitted his recommendations in late August, after conducting a several month review of 27 National Monuments, in response to an Executive Order issued by President Trump in April.
In the memo, which has not officially been released, Secretary Zinke recommended President Trump reduce the size of Bear’s Ears National Monument in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The memo also recommends President Trump reduce the size of two marine national monuments, the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll to allow commercial fishing to resume in certain areas.
Modifications were recommended at 4 other National Monuments; Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine, Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Organ Mountains Desert Peaks and Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico.These modifications would open the monuments to “traditional uses” such as logging and coal mining. The memo also suggested President Trump may want to consider establishing Camp Nelson, the site of a Union Army training center and hospital in Kentucky, Medger Evers house in Jackson, MS, and the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana as National Monuments. The White House has yet respond to any of these recommendations.
The 10 National Monuments impacted by these recommendations were created over the last 23 years by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, through the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows presidents to designate “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of scientific interest.” as National Monuments. These recommendations from Sec. Zinke place critically important natural, cultural and historic resources at risk. Preservation Action will continue to work to protect our National Monuments and oppose any efforts to undermine the Antiquities Act.
Wisconsin Governor Dramatically Reduces State Historic Tax Credit in Partial Veto of Budget
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker used his line item veto power to dramatically reduce the per project cap on the state’s historic tax credit program in the state’s biennial budget, along with 98 other line item vetoes. Gov. Walker reduced the limit on the state’s historic tax credit program from $5 million per project to $500,000 per project and the overall program limit to $10 million annually. This cut could prevent a number of larger and mid size historic renovation projects from moving forward across the state. Projects like the nationally recognized Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee, which converted the former Pabst Brewhouse into a boutique hotel and restaurant, received $7.7 million in state historic tax credits and would have likely not been possible under the proposed changes.
Wisconsin’s historic tax credit program has been has been highly successful. Statewide the program has awarded $177 million in historic tax credits with an estimated return on investment of $892 million. Gov. Walker signed the budget into law this week, after a nearly 3 month delay. Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin oppose many of the Governor’s vetoes, which could prompt an infrequently used override.
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We want to hear from you to better meet your advocacy goals! We are conducting our annual survey of preservation leaders to establish preservation priorities and inform our strategic planning. Your agenda is our agenda. All voices are welcome, so if you would please share this survey with your networks, colleagues, and friends. All survey responses will be utilized in an aggregate manner.
The 2017 Preservation Action Strategic Issues Survey takes approximately 10 minutes and will remain open until October 9, 2017. Respondents receive a chance to win a free registration to the 2018 National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week occurring March 12-14, 2018 in Washington, D.C!
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Get Your Tickets for Preservation Action Foundation’s Legendary Party Auction!
Tickets are now available for Preservation Action Foundation’s Legendary Party and Auction on November 15, 2017 from 830pm-1030pm during the National Preservation Conference in Chicago, IL! The annual auction had long been a highlight for Preservation Action Foundation and of the National Preservation Conference. Please join us 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. Get your tickets today!
Donate an Auction Item
You and your organization are invited to donate items, hotel stays, tours of historic sites, or other unique experiences to our Annual Silent and Live auction during the National Preservation Conference! A donation to our annual auction provides great exposure of your historic site to an active and interested group of people. Interested in donating an auction item? Check out our Auction request letter and donation form for more information!
Preservation Leadership Forum: “Historic Tax Credit Update: Sept. 21, 2017“