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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-05-2017, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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October 4, 2017 11:20 AM-
-* Rep. Martin T. Causer
-* PA Fish & Boat/Game Commission Merger
-* I plan to introduce legislation to merge the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat * Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission into one independent * agency, based on the results of the Legislative Budget and Finance * Committee (LBFC) study on the issue.-
-* * * * The LBFC study examined the feasibility, impact, costs and savings of * combining the agencies and explored a range of options with regard to * how to structure a new agency to best manage the wildlife and aquatic * resources of the Commonwealth. Currently, Pennsylvania is the only * state in the nation with two separate, independent agencies with * management and oversight of fishing, boating and wildlife activities.-
-* * * * The study found that a merger of the commissions is feasible and would * save the Commonwealth at least $5 million annually, primarily through * elimination of redundant upper level positions and duplication of * services.
-* * * * Given the financial difficulties frequently expressed by both * agencies, and the reality that other states' wildlife agencies can * operate efficiently under one umbrella, I believe now is the time to * take a more serious look at combing the two commissions into one more * streamlined, efficient agency.
-* * * * Please join me in sponsoring this legislation.


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-05-2017, 07:09 PM
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Again! this is an issue that legislators seem to think is a new concept. I hope hunters and fishermen, many the same people let him and the rest of the walking dead in the general assembly know it is a bad idea and should be DOA.

When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
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I support it as long as DCNR is kept separate.
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Currently, Pennsylvania is the only * state in the nation with two separate, independent agencies with * management and oversight of fishing, boating and wildlife activities.-

Combine them and let them police themselves. Get the legislators out of the mix who have girl friends and are living the high life out of the mix. Most are bar and dining slugs that only see grass on golf courses.
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You really can't believe that the general assembly will not be involved with the fish and game agency if they were merged do you? if you do you are deluded. The general assembly would like nothing better than combing the agencies and then being in control of them. If that happens, the agency will be under the control of the governor and the governor and the general assembly will have control of the funds generated by both agencies and be able to spend the money generated by hunting license sales and the sale of timber on game lands and the monies generated from mineral leases on game lands. I was in contact on a regular basis with the officers of all the states from Maine to Virginia and every state wished they had what PA has, independence from the control of the governor and the general assembly where it comes to the money raised by the agencies from license sales and other revenue producing assets. Anyone who believes the sportsmen of this state would be better off under the control of politicians doesn't have a clue!
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Causer has always been out to get the PGC & PFBC. Now we will have 2 underfunded agencies, because the legislature has failed to properly fund them, merged into one super under funded agency. oh yea the DCNR take over will be just over the horizon. POliticians suck.
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The sportspeople of this state deserve whatever they get for not vocally supporting the license hikes that should have taken place 10 years ago. When this turns into a debacle, and it eventually will, we need look no further than in the mirror. Point the finger wherever you want, but it's the truth.
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-07-2017, 06:48 AM
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The sportspeople of this state deserve whatever they get for not vocally supporting the license hikes that should have taken place 10 years ago. When this turns into a debacle, and it eventually will, we need look no further than in the mirror. Point the finger wherever you want, but it's the truth.

+1 agree
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[QUOTE=Mike M.;2609713]Causer has always been out to get the PGC & PFBC.
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Attacking the PGC & PFBC & DCNR plays well in the rural districts.

I've been to some public meetings and have seen how this plays out. The local legislators go the meetings and relentlessly attack the agency people, and the people in the audience love it. And then vote for the politicians come election time.

This isn't something new. It's been going on for a long time.
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Need to know that most of the same politicians pushing for a merger, also supported that brain storm about taking management away from PGC and handing it off to a "select group of appointees" to dictate wildlife management.

And many of them are also supporting efforts to increase PILT fees on state lands, like SGLs. I think DCNR may have already caved on paying a bit more for SF lands? Probably at the Governor's direction?

These people do not have the best interests of PA's anglers and hunters in mind, let alone what is best for our wildlife and public lands.

Although much of this garbage seems to appeal to those that hate the PGC?

Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B
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