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Most of Game and Fish's budget comes from license fees, which were last increased in 2008, and federal taxes on hunting and fishing equipment. Officials said they needed license fee increases to continue existing services. The Wyoming Legislature voted against fee increases this year.
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The department is also facing an almost $3 million increase in costs of three programs for 2014: feeding grounds, damage claims and payments to the state's general fund for shared services such as those of the state auditor.
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"This is a fairly basic budget renovation where we get the low hanging fruit that doesn't cost jobs," new Commission President Michael Healy said.
If no more money comes in by 2014, the department will need to cut at least $3 million from the 2015 budget, said John Kennedy, deputy director of Game and Fish.
The next round of cuts in 2015 could include programs like fish hatcheries or bird farms. They will be painful cuts, but they are part of a necessary period of examination of what is important and still needed by the department and the public, he said.
"I don't think they were cognizant of the fact that frankly [Game and Fish] had been doing that since 2008," Burns said.
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Rep. Marti Halverson, R Star Valley, on the other hand, thinks the cuts are long overdue. Game and Fish, like other state agencies, has fat it can cut, she said.
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"Whenever an agency starts to cut, their priorities are revealed," she said. "I can't wait to see their priorities."
"A lot of these costs are out of our control," Commissioner Aaron Clark said. "We can't do anything about them."
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission discusses service cuts
commission he believes the House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee did not pass license fee increases because most legislators were new to the committee and did not understand how the department operates. It looked as though department officials were asking for more money at a time when all other departments were cutting their budgets.
of the increase in the Game and Fish Department's budget from 2008 has been in employee health care and inflation, Deputy Director John Emmerich said.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission heard Wednesday a preliminary 2014 budget that includes $7 million in cuts to dozens of areas including fish and wildlife research, vehicles, vacant positions and building improvement projects.
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Commissioners will vote today to preliminarily approve the budget cuts for 2014. Members will formally approve the budget in July.
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