AUGUST 03, 2018

Senate Passes FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill

This week the Senate passed a package of 4 appropriations bills (H.R 6147) which includes the Senate FY19 Interior Appropriations Bill. The package largely avoided controversial policy riders and received strong, bipartisan support. This marks the first time the Senate has passed the Interior Appropriations Bill, not through an omnibus package, in nearly 10 years. The bill includes $91.91 million for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), $3 million above the Senate Appropriations Committee draft, but $5 million below FY18 enacted levels. The bill increased funding for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities preservation program from $5 million to $8 million.

The House passed their Interior appropriations bill last month which included $101.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, after the House agreed to amendments that restored and increased funding for the HPF. Now members of Congress will appoint a conference committee to work out the differences between the two bills; a compromise bill will need to be approved by both the House and Senate before moving to the President. Lawmakers are further along in the appropriations process as compared to the last several years but still face a September 30th deadline, increasing the possibility of a Continuing Resolution. 

Preservation Action will continue to advocate for robust funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and work with conference committee members to ensure the critical increases to the HPF are retained in the final bill.  Thanks to everyone that reached out to their Representative and Senators over the last few weeks in support of the HPF. Continued advocacy from individuals has the biggest impact on lawmakers, stay tuned for more!
Illinois Governor Signs Bill Extending Historic Tax Credit Program to Entire State

The Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, signed legislation that expands the state's historic tax credit program to the entire state. Previously the historic tax credit was restricted to just the riverfront towns of Aurora, East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria and Rockford. Now projects statewide can qualify for a 25% tax credit on eligible rehabilitation expenditures. The bill also extends the program through 2023. The expansion passed the Illinois House and Senate earlier this year with nearly unanimous support from state legislators.

"It is imperative that we add jobs and fuel economic development. This bill will help Illinois achieve those goals while also preserving our past and making our state even more beautiful to visit." Gov. Rauner said at the signing ceremony

The 25% tax credit would be capped at $15 million annually and at $3 million per project. Organizations like Landmarks Illinois and the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects have championed the effectiveness of historic tax credits for years. Congratulations to advocates from across Illinois on this victory. 
Gold Rush: Party Time! PAF Auction Returns on Nov. 14th in San Francisco
Preservation Action Foundation's annual auction last year in Chicago, IL.
Registration is now open for Past Forward 2018, the National Preservation Conference hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This year's conference will be held Nov. 13-16 in San Francisco. Register today!

As you are making your travel plans, be sure to save the date for the annual Preservation Action Foundation After Party and Auction on November 14, 2018 at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, immediately following the opening reception of the conference! Our annual auction is listed in the "On Your Own" section of the conference website and has long been a highlight for Preservation Action Foundation and of the National Preservation Conference. Last year's auction in Chicago was a huge success and were excited to top that this year!

Donate an Auction Item

This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds from this event are used to assist the education and training, advocacy, and programs of the Preservation Action Foundation We are currently seeking donations of auction items like hotel stays, tours of historic sites and other unique experiences. This is a great way to highlight your organization and city/state to an active and interested group of people. Check out our website for more information and stay tuned as we'll be adding more information in the coming weeks.

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Preservation Action is the only national  non-profit dedicated exclusively to lobbying for the best preservation policies at the federal level. We seek to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of government through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training.