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MMA Call to Action-Motorcycle Safety Fund

November 25, 2009

MMA Call to Action-Motorcycle Safety Fund
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

OK Folks, the time to get OUTRAGED is NOW!

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) has already reported the fact that YOUR Motorcycle Safety Fund, initially underfunded by $174,472 was recently raided of an additional $12,157.

The MMA has now learned that another $50,000 has just been stolen from your safety fund. This puts the fund at an approximate 60% reduction, this fiscal year alone. We don’t believe any other line item in the budget has received as big a cut: especially for a fund that costs the taxpayers nothing.

Of an estimated 6.5 Million people (source: 2008 Census Bureau) in Massachusetts, there are only 182,215 in the state who paid into this fund: you, me, and your riding buddies. That’s it! Yet the current administration has seen fit to take our money and give it to the “General Fund” for who knows what purposes!

The MMA has been told that this latest cut originated at the newly formed MASSDOT, whose Secretary of Transportation is Jeffrey Mullan. Will you join us and voice your complaint to Mr. Mullan, Governor Deval Patrick, RMV Registrar Rachael Kaprielian, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo?

Together, we believe our collective voices would be a force to be reckoned with. Be respectful in your communications but, above all, be heard:

Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 3170
Boston, MA 02116
617-973-7000
Attn: Secretary of Transportation Mullan

Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
Attn: Governor Patrick

Massachusetts State House
Room 330
Boston, MA 02133
Attn: Senate President Murray

Massachusetts State House
Room 356
Boston, MA 02133
Attn: House Speaker DeLeo

Registry of Motor Vehicles
General Mail
Box 55889
Boston, MA 02205-5889
Attn: Registrar Kaprielian

SAMPLE TEXT:
The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) has previously contacted you with detailed information outlining how the Motorcycle Safety Fund once again raided of funds destined for Public Safety. I’m writing to share my own disappointment on this matter.

Though the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) reported 182,215 registered motorcycles in September 2009, the Motorcycle Safety Fund, which is supposed to receive $2 from every registration, already underfunded by 48%, has just seen an additional $12,157 dollars removed from it. Since 1987, this fund has been underfunded by an average of 30.2% with 2009 already showing a whopping 52% deficit!

When the Motorcycle Safety Fund was first created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1987, it was intended to be used specifically for Safety and Education Programs for Motorcycles. The Motorcyclists of Massachusetts are the sole contributors to this Safety Fund: no other Taxpayer from the Commonwealth contributes in any way.

As a Motorcyclist who contributes to this fund, as a Taxpayer, and as a constituent, I am horrified that these funds are permitted to be raided in this fashion. I ask that you restore these funds and assure that the Massachusetts General Law is permanently upheld with regard to this matter.

Sincerely,

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Member, Massachusetts Motorcycle Association
END OF SAMPLE TEXT

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at: LegislativeDirector@MassMotorcycle.org. Please reply back indicating your support and be sure to also let us know if you receive a response.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. goldiron permalink*
    November 26, 2009 2:48 am

    MMA, is lobbying the state to create even more discriminatory taxes and force them on motorcyclists. They are also asking the government to force training.

    http://massmotorcycle.org/content.aspx?page_id=5&club_id=769540&item_id=11278

    The MMA has filed legislation this session that includes S.1934 (Danny’s Bill) and S.1894 (Ryan’s Bill). Danny’s Bill (named after Danny Wood from Saugus, MA) and Ryan’s Bill (named after Ryan Orcutt from Brockton, MA) both rely on the Motorcycle Safety Fund as the key component to increase motorcycle safety initiatives.

    Danny’s Bill (S.1934) seeks to increase the annual motorcycle registration fee from $2.00 to $5.00 and have these funds held into a more accountable fund. Ryan’s Bill (S.1894) seeks to require the junior motorcycle operator (16-18 year olds) successfully complete formal motorcycle rider training and includes a component whereby the safety fund reimburses the junior rider a portion of the training fees. Both bills already have broad public and legislative support and are currently sitting with the Joint Committee on Transportation where they have been since Public Hearings on October 6th, 2009.

    I ask “why would you want to ask the government to force motorcyclists to pay more fees? Is it because people will not willingly donate?

    I cannot trust unprincipled “MRO’s” like this to be the “Voice of Motorcyclists” and protect our rights!

  2. December 1, 2009 8:02 am

    The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) believes strongly in raising awareness of Motorcycles on the roadways within this state. SAFETY 1st, the MMA works diligently towards this goal.

    In full context, the proposed legislation dictates accountable management of funds collected for Safety & Awareness Programs: something not in place today.

    Instead of focusing on a single sentance asking, “…why would you (we) force motorcyclists to pay more fees?”, you should “step back” and view the large picture.

    ANYTHING we do to increase the Safety for motorcyclists on the roadways is worth the $3.00 in question. That’s right! $3.00 is the amount in question.

    My riding buddies are worth it!

  3. goldiron permalink*
    December 1, 2009 8:29 am

    Rick,
    Your intent is honorable yet, this attempt is nothing more than a disguise of increased taxes for business as usual. Three dollars is going to save no one. Not one life. You think that your riding buddies are worth three dollars. You will get nothing for your three dollars and leave yourself vulnerable to increased and misspent taxes collected from a minority group that should be receiving a benefit of reduced taxation for the choice of vehicle.

    Yes, I have stepped back and looked at the big picture and listened to this convoluted story. Victimizing the victims with a specific taxation is wrong minded and weak. Motorcyclists are suffering another indignity through your agreement to add to the coffers of professional scumbags. Evidently, your youth was misspent as well as your three dollars and more each and every year.

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