• Contact the Governor and your State Legislators TODAY!

    Ask that they keep the "Tennessee Real Estate Transfer Fund" in the 2012-2013 state budget and keep TENNESSEE GREEN! For us. For our children. For our grandchildren. FOREVER. For a sample letter, see our PDF page. To find your state representative and senator, visit www.legislature.state.tn.us.
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    5/11/2011 Governor Bill Haslam meets with  Forever Green Tennessee

    Rep. Joe Armstrong

    Rep. Steve Hall

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THANK YOU, Gov. Bill Haslam!

Once again Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) has endorsed the Tennessee Real Estate Transfer Funds (and “Forever Green Tennessee” campaign) and included all four of the fully-funded Transfer Funds in his FY 2013-4 state budget!

Furthermore, the law that allows the diversion of these funds from the 4 dedicated funds to the General Fund did sunset on July 1, 2012. What this means is that unless the General Assembly ONCE AGAIN targets these funds in the Appropriations Bill, these conservation funds will be safe forever. (Well, unless YET ANOTHER law is passed to allow the diversion or the outright dissolution of the “dedicated” mechanism.)

Here’s what at stake:

The State Lands Acquisition Fund will be funded with $3,087,500;
the Local Parks & Recreation Fund has been appropriated $3,718,700;
the Wetlands Fund will receive $6,521,300;
and the Agriculture Resources Conservation Fund will receive $3,187,500.

This is $16,515,000 for clean water, woods and wildlife; for local and state parks; and for the economy.  Forever Green Tennessee for our children’s future!

Now, fellow Tennesseans, it’s up to us to make sure that the General Assembly keeps these funds in their final, approved budget. We will monitor the finance hearings and keep you posted. But this is a huge step in the right direction for the Tennessee Real Estate Transfer Funds and the Forever Green Tennessee coalition!  Thank you Governor Haslam!

Comptroller Wilson to Speak Today on the Real Estate Transfer Funds

We are encouraged that Governor Haslam and his administration support the restoration of the Real Estate Transfer Funds, which will automatically occur July 1, 2012, as currently written in state law. But we must remain vigilant in tracking our conservation funding. As part of the budget passage last year, an amendment was approved that required a review of how our conservation funding is needed and used. Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin Wilson will be making a presentation TODAY, January 24, 2012, to the House Finance Committee. The meeting is at 3 p.m. in room 16 of Legislative Plaza. We encourage your participation and attendance! With your support and work, we will Forever Green Tennessee.  

Another FOREVER GREEN TENNESSEE Victory!

When the 107th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on Saturday, May 21, 2011, they left a FY 2011-2012 budget in place that INCLUDES all 4 of the Tennessee Real Estate Transfer Funds! This is $16.5 million for clean water, woods and wildlife. For our farmers and outdoorsmen. For our children & grandchildren. For a SUSTAINABLE and BEAUTIFUL “Forever Green” Tennessee! The Transfer Funds will receive:

State Lands Acquisition Fund: $3,087,500
Local Parks & Recreation Fund: $3,718,700
Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund: $3,187,500
The Wetlands Fund: $6,506,300

THANK YOU to our conservation-minded Governor, the Honorable Bill Haslam. Thank you to members of the Senate & House Finance Committees, with a special thanks to Sen. Mark Norris, Sen. Jamie Woodson, Sen. Bill Ketron, Sen. Douglas Henry and Sen. Bo Watson; Rep. Charles Sargent, Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, and Rep. Steve McDaniel.

Thank you to everyone who made a call, sent an e-mail or wrote a letter to a legislator; to those of you who put a bumper sticker on your car or a sign in your yard; to those of you who signed a petition or joined our coalition.

Together, we CAN Forever Green Tennessee!

Gov. Bill Haslam Continues to Endorse a Forever Green Tennessee!

THANK YOU, Governor Haslam! We really appreciate you!

In this photo:

Bottom Row, from Left:
Jeanne Nelson (Land Trust for Tennessee), Stewart Clifton (TN Conservation Voters), Kathleen Williams (TN Parks & Greenways Foundation), Governor Bill Haslam, Melinda Welton (TN Ornithological Society), John Noel (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy), Gary Myers (former director, TN Wildlife Resources Agency)

Middle Row, from Left:
Neal Appelbaum (Stones River Watershed Assn.), Danny Sells (TN Association of Conservation Districts), Anne Ross (TCV), Daniel Boone (TN Scenic River Association), Bill Terry (TCV & Sierra Club), Donnie Safer (TN Environmental Council)

Top Row, from Left:
Rex Boner (The Conservation Fund), Mike Butler (TN Wildlife Fund), Rep. Ryan Williams (Save Cummins Falls committee), Bob Tuke (representing several historical and conservation organizations), Mike Murphy (Sierra Club), Ralph Knoll (The Conservation Fund)

More TN Legislators Who Want a Forever Green Tennessee!

Kathleen Williams and I have been meeting with the legislative members of the House and Senate Environment & Conservation AND Finance Committees. Here are some photos of our newest “Forever Green Tennessee” supporters. Thanks, Legislators!

 

Real Estate Transfer Funds remain IN the budget!

Governor Haslam released his amended budget this morning (Tuesday, May 3, 2011), and we are pleased to report that the Tennessee Real Estate Transfer Funds are STILL IN the proposed FY 2011-12 Tennessee Budget!

Over the next few weeks both the Senate and House Finance Committees will discuss and vote on all budgetary amendments, and hopefully before the Memorial Day weekend all parties will have agreed on a budget (one that includes the Transfer Funds, of course!), and the Governor will sign it into law.

Like last year, we will monitor the Finance Committees and keep you apprised of any news — good OR bad — and we’ll ask your help with phone calls/e-mails/letters should that be the case. But we are cautiously optimistic that the Transfer Fees are SAFE this year. Once they are, the approximate $16 million will continue to work for our woods, wildlife and water; will continue to set aside land for state parks and natural areas; will continue to fund improvements and developments at local parks; and will continue to clean up streams next to farms and protect our precious wetlands.

If you would like to be added to our “MyEmma” (e-mail blast) list, please send an e-mail to forevergreentn@tenngreen.org.

Thanks, and STAY TUNED!

TN Real Estate Transfer Funds are IN the Budget!

We are thrilled to announce that Gov. Haslam has included ALL 4 of the Real Estate Transfer Funds in his proposed FY 2011-12 Tennessee State Budget! The State Lands Acquisition Fund will be funded with $3,087,500; the Local Parks & Recreation Fund has been appropriated $3,718,700; the Wetlands Fund will receive $6,521,000; and the Agriculture Resources Conservation Fund will receive $3,187,500.
 
This is a whopping $16,514,700 for woods, water and wildlife; for our children and grandchildren; for a beautiful and sustainable Tennessee; for our farmers and outdoorsmen; for a Forever Green Tennessee!
 
THANK YOU, Governor Haslam! We appreciate your leadership in conservation!
 
Now, fellow Tennesseans, it’s up to us to make sure that the General Assembly keeps these funds in their final, approved budget. We will monitor the finance hearings and keep you posted. But this is a huge step in the right direction for the Tennessee Real Estate Transfer Funds and the Forever Green Tennessee coalition!