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Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by ZeroRing, Feb 25, 2010.
This just in....
So there's no WA state bill or other legislation involved? If I understand this correctly, a budget committee could effectively end the existence of a public institution (WDFW).
I'm asking because I want to be explicit in my requests I make to state representatives. "Please continue to fund..." is a different request than "please don't merge two organizations"
If you want to know where this is headed and why,...
Under the guise of "diversifying funding" there is a push to remind all voters that they have ownership in wildlife, and as such, should pay more for it and have a greater say in how it gets "used" or "conserved."
You will not find the word "game" used anywhere in that commentary.
If the sportsman do not purchase a license or tag, it will not matter. NO money to the Government. It is funny that our elected Officials cannot get it through their thick skull of how much money is generated by sportsman.
I don't know about WA, but in OR isn't there a tax on ammo that goes to the ODFW? I would love to know how much revenue that has generated for the state since November 2008...
I don't know if Oregon has its own tax on ammo, but the federal excise tax created by the wildlife restoration act is appropriated to states for wildlife restoration and conservation depending on size and number of licensed hunters.
Also in Oregon, and probably all other states, most money for conservation efforts come directly from hunters and anglers, with the majority of the rest of it (in Oregon), coming from federal and lottery funding.
I don't beleave ore.has a tax on ammo and they better not try to start one.
Actually, "game" was in there one time. The real trick would be figuring out how Washington State Ferries did it...everyone in the state pays taxes to subsidize the ferries but the greatest number of users are in Puget Sound area. It's not like someone in Ephrata or points east have a say in how the ferries are run but I did find out that when i was paying $6.25 to ride, it could have cost me $30+ without the subsidy and it's not like the people in Ephrata and points east don't benefit from the economic stimulus that the ferry system provides.
I've known for years that I don't personally own wildlife and that conservation benefits all. I wouldn't mind cheaper licenses and tags because the other people who get something out of it are helping to pay. I think the inoccuous tax is the way to go though back to the original post I don't think that a merger is the best way to go.
On a sad note, it kind of sucks to find out that WA state constitution does not seem to guarantee the right to hunt and fish and harvest game like Virginia (at least I didn't spot it when I looked...maybe someone with a sharper eye for those things?)
Ahh, that is what I was thinking of. My bad... Looked up the rate online, 10% for Pistols and Revolvers, 11% for other firearms and ammo
So now the question is... how much did the Feds raise from that since November 2008?
Answer: 11% of a lot
Washington is a dissapointment....
With all the fishing and hunting you'd think there would be less 'LEFT'
If I was an avid hunter and the hunting and fishing lands were handed over to a bunch of commie bolshivik pigs, I would just become a justified poacher. There is coming a time when the .gov is going to have to be spat on, ignored, and at worst, fought.