This week the Legislature announced its proposed budgets for the remainder of the 2003 fiscal year and the 2004 fiscal year. These budgets included taking $20 million for the Heritage Fund for 2003 and $10 million for 2004 for a total of a $30 million dollar hit to the Heritage Fund. For fiscal year 2002 the Heritage Fund only received $17.5 million. As soon as the Game & Fish and State Parks departments release information as what affect this will have on their programs our web site at www.arizonaheritagealliance.org <http://www.arizonaheritagealliance.org> will be updated. However we already know that this will result in the closure of a number of State Parks, the end of many educational and other programs, the loss of matching Federal funds and heightened threats to our wildlife and other resources. We need you help on Monday & Tuesday! Please call or email your legislators and request that the Heritage Fund not be swept into the General Fund. The loss of this program will not only damage our State's resources but its loss will cause additional damage to our current economy. To contact your Representatives or find your Legislator's name please click the link below http://www.azleg.state.az.us/MemberRoster.asp You are subscribed to AZ-LEADER. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to az-leader@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to az-leader-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.