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In an attempt to reduce our national debt, Congress enacted a sequestration of mandatory and descretionary programs that is set to enact in January 2013. The sequestration will affect every program in government, with the exception of medicare, social security, veteran benefits and some nutrition programs that are statutorily exempt. If the current plan is followed, there are also scheduled cuts for fee programs like the Pittman-Robertson act of 1937.

What this means in simple terms is: The Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund was created by the Pittman-Robertson act of 1937 imposed an excise tax, at the request of users in the industry, on sporting equipment and ammunition, with the proceeds to benefit wildlife restoration. All State game and fish or DNR agencies rely on this funding to benefit the hunter and trapper. Here in Pennsylavania, these funds have helped many game and non-game animals.

It is important to contact your local Congessman and U.S. Senators and urge them them to protect dedicated Wildlife Restoration Trust Funds. Online contact information representatives can be found at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/pa

Just remember, every state has benefited from the Pittman-Robertson act!
 

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It matters nothing to those now in Washington, we must all give so they can keep using government funds to buy votes.
 

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Also worth noting, that with the current boom in firearms and ammo sales, P-R funds (excise taxes on both items) are rolling in like they did back in late 2007 and well into 2008.

If they want to "steal" those funds, nothing like the present to try and pull it off.
 

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DennyF said:
Also worth noting, that with the current boom in firearms and ammo sales, P-R funds (excise taxes on both items) are rolling in like they did back in late 2007 and well into 2008.

If they want to "steal" those funds, nothing like the present to try and pull it off.
Just to add to this, the "Obama bump" as it has been termed by wildlife agencies really never subsided after 2007 and 2008 and I suspect the PR revenues will climb even higher this year. Many states are getting so much money from PR that they are starting to have trouble finding matching funds for it to get the full apportionment. This is particularly true in states that receive general funding which has been cut by 40% or more over the past 4 years.

If states cannot fulfill the matching requirements and have large amounts of the funding left on the table, this will undoubtedly send up a red flag to the politicians that the funding may not be needed. If this happens, I suspect The WSFR laws may be amended from their current forms. Dingel-Johnson has already experienced this in the past but PR has been left virtually unchanged since passed in the 1930's.

Although some folks may disagree, many state wildlife and fisheries management agencies are trying to become more independent as they are already having to finds ways to fund their operations outside of general funding. The PGC and PFBC models may be much better off then previous believed by folks wanting the agencies combined under another state agency.
 

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It was sportsmen who were responsible for pushing congress to create the PR fund and it is sportsmen who need to pressure congress to protect it from government confiscation.
 
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