Thursday, December 22, 2005

Preservation Action's top federal legislative priorities for 2006

[Source: Heather MacIntosh, President, Preservation Action] -- You voted. We listened. Here are the results of Preservation Action's member poll, with the most popular legislation at the top. In many cases, people noted that all preservation legislation was important. We hoped the poll would serve a couple of purposes: to engage PA members in creating its legislative agenda for next year, and to get preservationists all thinking about the choices that PA staff have to make in DC. Note that just because an issue didn’t make it to the top of the list doesn’t mean PA won't be supporting it in 2006.
  • Support adequate funding for State Preservation Offices
  • Protect Section 106
  • Improve the Rehabilitation Tax Credit
  • Protect Preservation Easement Program
  • Support Hurricane Relief-related legislation targeted toward historic resources
  • Protect the Community Development Block Grant
  • Protect Save America’s Treasures Funding
  • Facilitate better integration of LEED standards and historic rehabilitation standards/credits
  • Support funding for Preserve America
  • Facilitate federal support for a national survey project
  • Support adequate funding for Tribal Preservation Offices
  • Support funding for National Heritage Areas
  • Support funding and incentives to support the adaptive reuse of historic industrial sites (brownfields)
  • Support funding for the rehabilitation of historic barns
#1 write-in issue: Historic Homeowners Assistance Act (a federal tax credit for property owners who have rehabilitated their historic home).