|HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 19) – A study issued today by the bipartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) concluded that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is among the most efficiently run state agencies when compared to other fish and wildlife agencies across the country.
It also concluded that merging the PFBC and the Pennsylvania Game Commission would not produce substantial cost savings and would not likely result in a streamlined, smaller government agency, but would create a less efficient mega-agency.
“The report makes it clear that we are extremely efficient in how we use our financial resources,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Specifically, the LBFC found that of the states surveyed, our agency ‘has the lowest expenditures per license.’”
“That means that for each dollar of license fees brought in, the PFBC returns a greater value to its license buyers and the citizens of the Commonwealth than all of the other state agencies included in their analysis,” he said.
“We take very seriously the responsibility to use as efficiently and effectively as possible the funds anglers and boaters have entrusted to us,” he added. “In ranking the PFBC at the top nationally, the LBFC recognizes that we are a model for how to efficiently manage angler and boater dollars and the other funding we receive in pursuit of our mission.”
“Simply put, we do a lot with a little when compared to other agencies across the country,” Arway added. “This report supports our long-standing contention that Pennsylvania is best served by retaining the existing agency structure of separate and independent fish and wildlife agencies.”
Executive Director Arway provided brief comments before the LBFC this morning when the full report was released. Click here to read his comments.
The full report is available at: http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/. Select “Reports Released” in the left navigation column and then scroll to the heading “Game and Fisheries.”
Eric Levis, Press Secretary