Because of timber revenue shortfalls, and other budget issues, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been forced to cut $3 million from it’s budget.
GAME COMMISSION ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF
$2.85 MILLION REDUCTION IN SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
HARRISBURG – In the face of a $3 million deficit in the 2004-05 fiscal year budget caused by unanticipated expenses and shortfalls in timber revenues, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross today announced that he has approved cuts and reductions in current operations amounting to $2.85 million. He noted that the agency will continue to review the current budget to realize a total of $3.1 million in savings in the 2004-05 fiscal year budget, as well as launch an effort to identify cuts and reductions of up to $7 million in the 2005-06 fiscal year budget.
Perhaps merging the Game Commission, Fish & Boat Commission, and the DNCR, might save even more money.
My favorite line of the PGC is:
The Game Commission does not receive any general state taxpayer dollars.
Note the word “general.” Why is that in this phrase? Does the PGC receive specific taxpayer monies? My bet: the taxpayers don’t care whether the dollars are general or specific…it still costs us the same.
When I first heard this little catch phrase, I was intrigued. Especially since in the same breath, the PGC bragged about all this federal aid and grant money it was receiving. Their logic: we don’t use taxpayer money, we were able to get a grant from the federal government. Hmmm. I wonder where the federal grant money came from.
I’ll give you three guesses.