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Old 02-16-2011   #1
 
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CAIC Proposed Funding Cuts: IMPORTANT

Admins, Please make this sticky

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has been the provider of avalanche forecasting and education since 1953, and most of us believe we are a little bit safer while traveling the backcountry or even driving our mountain highways. The CAIC now faces a challenge. Let me explain.
Since 2000, the CAIC has gotten funding from the Colorado Severance Tax Fund, and is one of several State agencies and programs that receive funding from this source. Severance Tax is an alternative to the General Fund, which funds the majority of state agencies. Over the years Severance Tax has made up about 25% of CAIC’s Total Budget, the rest of which comes from contracts and donations.
Because of the dire financial straits the State of Colorado faces, the Joint Budget Committee’s staff has put the CAIC on a hit list (along with a number of other programs) for possibly losing its Severance Tax funding. The effect would be crippling, with the future of the CAIC in jeopardy. The upshot of even a downsized CAIC, if that ended up being the case, will be fewer staff, less education, and fewer forecasts.
We need people to speak up to the JBC and the Governor and get the CAIC off “the list.” It’s easy: just write a 1-2 paragraph letter explaining what’s important to you about the CAIC and how it helps you, your business, agency, team, county, or whatever your special interest might be. Collectively, your letters will have an impact. Please copy the same letter to each of the members of the Joint Budget Committee and to the Governor, whose addresses are listed below.
Additionally, you are welcome to write to your State Representative, which would have the benefit of letting him or her know what may happen to the CAIC’s funding.
Thank You.

Zach Moore

Joint Budget Committee Addresses:


John W. Hickenlooper, Governor
136 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203-1792

Senator Mary Hodge
Joint Budget Committee
200 East 14th Ave, 3rd Floor
LEGISLATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
Denver, CO 80203
[email protected]

Senator Pat Steadman
Joint Budget Committee
200 East 14th Ave, 3rd Floor
LEGISLATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
Denver, CO 80203
[email protected]

Senator Kent Lambert
Joint Budget Committee
200 East 14th Ave, 3rd Floor
LEGISLATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
Denver, CO 80203
[email protected]

Representative Cheri Gerou
Joint Budget Committee
200 East 14th Ave, 3rd Floor
LEGISLATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
Denver, CO 80203
[email protected]

Representative Jon Becker
Joint Budget Committee
200 East 14th Ave, 3rd Floor
LEGISLATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
Denver, CO 80203
[email protected]

Representative Mark Ferrandino
Joint Budget Committee
200 East 14th Ave, 3rd Floor
LEGISLATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
Denver, CO 80203
[email protected]

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Senator Steadman's email was listed incorrect on his website; the actual email address for him is: [email protected]

Thank you everyone for participating and sending email's or letters to the important people who are ultimately going to make this decision. It would be a shame to lose any part of what the CAIC is today.

Zach.
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Thanks for the heads up. Please post on www.splitboard.com if you have not already. I'm sure plenty of folks there would send letters supporting removal of CAIC from the list.
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Hey all yes this is some SPAM but it is also for this cause.

Friends of CAIC and Friends of Berthoud Pass have teamed up for a fund raiser this thursday at the Oriental Theater.

Please come out and support these groups as they are trying to raise money for CAIC and Avalanche Awareness.

We have some killer prizes lined up for the auction and raffle.
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So please make you local politician know what CAIC means to you and your friends and come out thursday and show your support.

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