I am sorry for the delay in furnishing the closing analysis of the appropriations process this cycle as it pertains to the Sporting Goods Sales Tax (SGST) for 2018-2019. However, it took a bit of scrubbing to make sure that it is all here, and we wanted to make sure that there was nothing in the Special Session Call or the Governor’s approval of the budget or his vetoes, which would influence the final outcome.

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2014 will be big for Texas environment

This is already shaping up to be a big year for Texas’ environment. Decisions are about to be made that will have a major impact on air quality, the Gulf Coast and Texas rivers.

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Environment Texas Releases 2013 Legislative Scorecard

AUSTIN - Twenty representatives and three senators voted to protect the environment 100% of the time in 83rd legislature, according to Environment Texas's biennial legislative scorecard. The scorecard tracked votes on a number of environmental issues like water conservation, fracking, solar energy, and clean air.

"From preventing the closure of 20 state parks to funding a historic investment in water conservation, the 83rd Legislature made some positive steps forward for the environment," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "At the same time, bills to repeal our state renewable energy law, stop cities from banning plastic bags and weaken citizen rights to fight pollution in their communities thankfully were defeated." 

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Environmentalists urge park funding

The League of Conservation Voters and Environment Texas on Thursday said it still wasn't too late to restore the Texas Parks and Wildlife Program that lawmakers cut in 2011.

ocal parks and pools are funded mostly through local sales taxes, but since 1979 Parks and Wildlife has provided cities and counties with $390 million in grants.

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Funding for local parks zeroed out in budget

AUSTIN – Local parks would get zero funding under the latest version of the state budget, according to parks advocates at a news conference on the Capitol grounds this past Thursday. The group called on budget writers to restore funding for the program as they reconcile the budgets passed by the House and Senate.

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No parks will close under budget; but local parks unfunded

AUSTIN – Today, the Senate Finance committee approved a budget increasing funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by $35 million over the previous biennium. This funding level would likely prevent any parks closures and supports TPWD requests for fisheries and wildlife funding. However, the $15.5 million requested for the local parks grant program is not funded.

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Local Parks Grants at Risk at TX Legislature

In 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature suspended funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant Programs created

in Chapter 24 Parks and Wildlife Code, that provide matching funds assistance to Texas’ local governments for local

park and recreation acquisition and facility development and outdoor outreach programs. These grants have been

made in the past from dedicated revenues from State sporting goods sales taxes.

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The Lead: Putting Together a Transportation Plan, Building Permits on Hold

Luke Metzger, of Environment Texas, says “now there’s an effort underway to restore that original intent and ensure that all the sales taxes on sporting goods actually go to our state parks.”

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Kuempel co-authors bills to stop raiding of funding for parks

Sales taxes on sporting goods such as bicycles and camping gear bring in $128 million in revenue to Texas every year, said Environment Texas, which advocates for clear air, clean water and open spaces.

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Outdoor recreation generates $28.7 billion in spending, supports 277,000 jobs in Texas

AUSTIN - This week the Outdoor Industry Association released a state by state analysis of the economic impact of outdoor recreation.  In Texas, the outdoor recreation economy generates $28.7 billion in consumer spending and supports 277,000 direct jobs. The report comes as the Texas Legislature considers a funding crisis in Texas state and local parks that could see the closure of some state parks

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