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ASAE asks for our help! Let your voice be heard. February 10, 2011

Posted by Roger Rickard in Advocacy.
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To Association Leaders:

Empower your voice to heard.  I have asked audiences to do just that for more than 15 years of promoting advocacy involvement.  Many have learned from my 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates. The 3rd action is, Get on the Record – write to elected officials. Here is a great opportunity, to help influence Congress and support small business in America by simply adding your name to the letter, as you will see below. 

What if you’re not an association leader but would like to voice your support? You can do so by contacting your congressional office directly and asking asking them to support the complete repeal of the new 1099 provision. Not sure how to do this? Contact me at roger@reventllc.com and I will forward you a step-by-step guide to communicating with Congress.

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION from the ASAE Public Policy Department.

Momentum is building in Congress to repeal the 1099 provision.  The Senate has passed an amendment to do just that and the House reportedly will soon pass its own version.  Both chambers expect some form of repeal to be on the President’s desk within weeks.

But the situation is still fluid, so associations need to take action now and push Congress to repeal the new 1099 requirement.

In November, ASAE sent a sign-on letter to Congress urging a repeal of the 1099 provisions.  We are again going to send that letter to the Hill, to show Congress how widespread the support for repealing the new 1099 requirements is within the association community.  Our letter with signatures can be seen here.  If your name is not on the letter and you would like it to be, please complete this form and return it to ASAE by February 14.  If you have signed this letter and would like your signature modified or removed, please send an email to rhay@asaenet.org.  If you want to stay on the letter, do nothing; your name will be among our over 600 going to the Hill!

The association community needs to stand up and be heard: the 1099 expansion hurts productivity, costs unnecessary time and money, and is a major burden on the association community.  Associations support a complete repeal of the new 1099 requirement.

Please contact the Public Policy Department at 202.626.2703 or publicpolicy@asaenet.org with questions or concerns.

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My 2 cents on the AZ meeting boycott April 28, 2010

Posted by Roger Rickard in Advocacy, Uncategorized.
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Whether one perceives the merits of Arizona SB 1070 as good or bad, one should not prompt a cause of action against the hospitality industry. I am not taking a position on the merits of the law – my only position is that again our industry is chosen as the whipping boy for all political recourse. The travel industry didn’t take a position one way or another, for or against this legislation; but again the attacks begin with an industry that has historically embraced the involvement of foreigners.  

Congressman Raul Grijalva’s, D – AZ (AZ – 7th District), is simply out of bounds in his call for a boycott, it can only add fuel to the economic fire of an industry already in economic chaos. The tourism and hospitality industry provides great opportunities both in economic and job growth.  Check out the Arizona 7th Congressional District map http://bit.ly/bhw3oL  and you will see that his call for a boycott of meetings and conventions will not have an impact on the people of his district. This district encompasses the southwest region of Arizona, has one of the largest geographic areas for US Air Force fighter jet training and is the home of seven Native American sovereign nations. To be clear, this district is not the hot bed of meeting and convention activity.

One only needs to remember the attacks on meetings and conventions by federal representatives last year to realize that we have to be vigilant in our position that meetings mean business.  We have a voice and we need to begin speaking up to protect ourselves. This boycott has ramifications across the business travel industry.