'Fiscal cliff' could impact PA Fish and Boat Commission

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 26, 2012 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Programs supporting fishing and boat safety in Pennsylvania could be adversely affected if the nation goes over the so-called "fiscal cliff" next year.

The combination of tax increases and spending cuts would slash 7.6 percent of the money paid to the commonwealth from the "Sport Fish Restoration" and "Boating Safety" trust funds.

Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway says it will cost his department $859,000.

"I really liken it to someone in a bank who has access to your account information taking 7.6 percent of the money out of your savings account without your permission to show they can cover the bad checks they've written," Arway says. "They promise to return the money sometime in the future, but in the meantime you have to find other funds to pay your bills."

Arway says the commission would have to sell about 40,000 more resident fishing licenses in a year to make up for the loss in funding.

The commission is asking the state's Congressional delegation to support efforts to exempt the trust funds from the automatic spending cuts.

The money can't be spent on anything other than boat safety programs and improving fish populations.

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