Plan To Balance Books At PA’s Fish And Boat Commission Strokes Controversy

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Robert Hedge gets help from his son, Tucker, 8, as they volunteer to stock trout at the western branch of the Conococheque Creek in Fort Loudon on Friday, March 9, 2018. Fishing season starts Saturday, March 31 in Franklin County. (Photo: Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion)

HARRISBURG,PA (WITF) — A recent proposal to cut costs at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has drawn some controversy.

A state fishing license costs $21. It has since 2005. It’s a main source of funding for the agency.

The sale of licenses has been on the decline since the 1990s, but the commission is still expected to stock the same amount of trout in rivers and streams. Plus, pension and healthcare costs have gone up for employees.

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