PA Fish and Boat Commission Making Changes

- March 27, 2014

Some changes could be coming to your recreational activities.

Thursday morning was a public fiscal briefing hosted by the House Democratic Policy Committee. There are now additional expenses taking a chunk out of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission funding. Rising pension and health care costs along with some ongoing infrastructure needs are taking up some of the money. This means the agency is considering ways to keep on budget and not spend more than they're generating.

Six percent of what PA anglers and boaters spend goes into a general fund. Right now, the PFBC doesn't get money from the general fund, but if they start to get some back, it could help greatly.

There's currently a proposal before the board of commissioners for another way to generate revenue. Seniors over the age of 65 may have to get a new trout stamp each year instead of having one that's good forever. This would exclude the current license holders because they'd be grandfathered in.

Another option could come from water fees.

Local fishing groups were invited to attend the briefing.

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