On the face of it, the decision by the Fish and Boat Commission to reduce the number of trout produced by the agency’s hatcheries by 750,000 seems odd when you consider that 70 percent of people who buy fishing licenses spend the extra couple bucks to get a trout stamp.
Why would you produce less of the type of fish that people are most interested in catching?
But even if you are not a fisher-person, there is another reason to wonder about the wisdom of the move: The state just put millions in tax dollars into renovating the Bellefonte hatchery.
The Fish and Boat Commission says closing the hatcheries is part of a strategy to narrow a $9 million funding deficit. Closing the hatcheries will save about $2 million.
Just three years ago, the state completed $4.3 million in repairs to the filter system and other fish-breeding stuff at the Bellefonte hatchery. And about half of that money was paid through Growing Greener grant dollars, said Rep. Gary Haluksa, Democratic chair of the House Game and Fisheries Committee.
Spending grant money to fix up facilities you turn around and close is questionable policy no matter how you slice it.
Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway told the House committee that they selected Bellefonte as one of the hatcheries to close because it is the most expensive hatchery operated by the agency. There will be no changes at the Linesville hatchery in Crawford County and the Corry hatchery in Erie County.
Haluksa said that the decision to close a facility so soon after the state spent money to renovate it cannot look good.
“That might come around and bite them in the (donkey) the next time they ask for grant money,” Haluska said.
He didn’t say donkey, by the way.
Haluska suggested that the Fish and Boat Commission could generate revenue by raising the cost of a license rather than cutting the number of fish.
Relationship problems between Corbett, Legislature not exactly new
Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
Pennsylvanians deserve Legislature’s full effort on fixing pension reform
If most of us left unfinished work on our desks and departed on a month-long vacation, there’s a good chance the boss would call us back and tell us to finish the job.
Meadville needs non-discrimination law to ensure the American way
On April 27, Meadville lost one of its most passionate and ardent advocates for civil and human rights with the passing of Mary Alice (Molly) Knox. Locally, Molly was best known for her association and leadership with the Unity Institute for Human Development in the 1970s. Unity was an organization dedicated to serving low-income children and youth.
Big price tag around department’s name change
Pennsylvania is one state in this great nation that still has something called the Department of Public Welfare.
We must work together to give Conneaut Lake Park its best chance yet at a comeback
Decades of false starts and dashed hopes have made it all too easy to dismiss the current push to save Conneaut Lake Park without understanding this truly exceptional opportunity.
The last time — live like it’s now or lose it forever
Nearly two decades ago, I visited my grandfather in the hospital as he recovered from a stroke. He was a man of many words in the latter stages of his life, usually more than most people wanted to hear. He knew that the end was near, as did I, and he proceeded to give me the proverbial don’t-forget-to-stop-and-smell-the-roses speech. They were just the ramblings of an old man to a busy 20-something family man, but I respectfully listened just the same. He would go home again one last time but not for long.
Leadership sets the example, which creates the tone for the success of all
One of the least desired but most beneficial jobs I held during my military career was chief of human resources with 25th Infantry Division — Light. It was a high-pressure staff job in which I worked directly for the commanding general. In a nutshell, I was tasked with developing all leadership, educational, counseling and fitness policies for a 12,000-soldier command.
Quiet fixes to festering problems tucked into budget bills
Despite intense lobbying from Gov. Tom Corbett, the Legislature failed to act last week on pension reform.
Patriotism alive at recent county commissioners meeting
Patriotism was alive at Thursday’s meeting of the Crawford County commissioners, as two of the three commissioners were wearing red, white and blue ties in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
Kane’s own Sandusky investigation reveals only acrimony
An 18-month probe by law professor Geoffrey Moulton Jr. was supposed to determine why Pennsylvania’s attorney general took three years to charge Jerry Sandusky after a teenager reported being molested by the former assistant football coach at Penn State.
- More Opinion Headlines
- Relationship problems between Corbett, Legislature not exactly new