Don't Let Congress Cut Boating Safety Fund

Posted: December 6, 2012  |  By: Rocco Ali [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

Many Pennsylvanians do not realize that their purchase of fishing and boating equipment and motorboat fuel directly supports aquatic resources in the commonwealth. They also do not realize that this long-standing and highly successful user-pays/public-benefits model is in jeopardy unless Congress acts before the year ends.

As a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and a lifelong sportsman in Western Pennsylvania, I respectfully call on Pennsylvania’s legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to exempt the Sport Fish Restoration Program and the Boating Safety Trust Fund from the impending Budget Sequestration Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-155).

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