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November 5, 2017

Tax Reform and the Impact on Nonprofits

 Yesterday, the Speaker of the House and Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee unveiled their tax reform plan, Tax Cuts and Job Plan (H.R. 1).  The plan seeks to reduce tax revenue by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. To make up the budget shortfall, money will be raised off the backs of nonprofits in the following ways:
Weakening the Johnson Amendment
The plan proposes that houses of worship and their auxiliary organizations be exempt from the Johnson Amendment, allowing them to more easily endorse candidates and engage in politics.
Reducing Charitable Giving Incentives
The proposal more than doubles the standard deduction, reducing the need for Americans to itemize and to be charitable. It is estimated that 95% of Americans will not have this incentive any longer and that it could result in a loss of revenue to the charitable sector of $13 Billion.
Massive Spending Cuts to Domestic Spending
The cuts to taxes benefit the wealthiest among us and will mean cuts to domestic spending and ultimately to our communities.
Next Steps of this Legislation
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to start its review of the bill, called a “markup,” on Monday, Nov. 6, and continue with marathon sessions until completing action during the week. The bill is then expected to go to the House floor during the week of Nov. 13. The Senate is expected to release its separate version in mid-November. The stated goal of Republican leaders is to have a bill on the President’s desk by Christmas for signing before New Year’s Day.
Voice your opinions now and throughout this process. It is important for the nonprofit sector voice to be heard, collectively and individually. Our communities will be directly impacted by these devastating changes. Contact House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Congressman Kevin Brady’s office: kevinbrady.house.gov/contact

Our national affiliate, the National Council of Nonprofits is exercising its muscle on our behalf. See its special edition of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters, which outlines these and other aspects of the legislation clearly.
And other publications where the Council provides a clear voice of opposition.
Be vigilant and let your voices be heard.
Courtesy of HANO
November 5, 2017

OTEC RFP for NELHA

The Natural Energy Laboratory moves Hawaii’s quest for clean energy an important step forward.

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) is a State of Hawaii agency founded in 1974. NELHA administers the 870-acre Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii.

NELHA is soliciting proposals for a 0.1-0.3 megawatt on-shore Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system, to be operated for ten years.

The project will a demonstration of the reliability and practicality of the OTEC technology.

Source: http://www.ililani.media/2017/11/hawaii-rfp-for-ocean-thermal-energy.html

November 5, 2017

Climate Change affects on Hawaii

Overview

This is just 3 feet. We need to look at 6 feet.

Warmer oceans are leading to increased coral bleaching and disease outbreaks and changing distribution of tuna fisheries. Freshwater supplies will become more limited on many islands. Coastal flooding and erosion will increase. Mounting threats to food and water security, infrastructure, health, and safety are expected to lead to increasing human migration.

Key Message: Changes to Marine Ecosystems

Warmer oceans are leading to increased coral bleaching events and disease outbreaks in coral reefs, as well as changed distribution patterns of tuna fisheries. Ocean acidification will reduce coral growth and health. Warming and acidification, combined with existing stresses, will strongly affect coral reef fish communities.

Key Message: Decreasing Freshwater Availability

Freshwater supplies are already constrained and will become more limited on many islands. Saltwater intrusion associated with sea level rise will reduce the quantity and quality of freshwater in coastal aquifers, especially on low islands. In areas where precipitation does not increase, freshwater supplies will be adversely affected as air temperature rises.

Key Message: Increased Stress on Native Plants and Animals

Increasing temperatures, and in some areas reduced rainfall, will stress native Pacific Island plants and animals, especially in high-elevation ecosystems with increasing exposure to invasive species, increasing the risk of extinctions.

Key Message: Sea Level Rising

Rising sea levels, coupled with high water levels caused by tropical and extra-tropical storms, will incrementally increase coastal flooding and erosion, damaging coastal ecosystems, infrastructure, and agriculture, and negatively affecting tourism.

Key Message: Threats to Lives, Livelihoods, and Cultures

Mounting threats to food and water security, infrastructure, and public health and safety are expected to lead to increasing human migration from low to high elevation islands and continental sites, making it increasingly difficult for Pacific Islanders to sustain the region’s many unique customs, beliefs, and languages.

Source: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/highlights/regions/hawaii

Jan TenBruggencate summarizes the probable impacts in Hawaii in his blog. As with all blogs this post will move down and finally be archived. You may have to search for ”

New federal climate report: it just keeps getting worse

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