Texas Legislative Update: Budget Cuts and How They May Affect Hunting and Fishing License Revenue

The state of Texas is facing looming budget cuts. There is a possibility that funds received from Hunting and Fishing License Revenue may be diverted to uses other than for which they were originally intended and outdoor programs may be cut.

The House version of the 2012-2013 base bill calls for a reduction to TPWD totaling $162.2 million over the biennium, representing a 25% decrease in funding. FTE reductions total 304.6 FTEs (9.6 %) in 2012 and 233.7 FTEs (7.4%) in 2013.

The Senate version calls for a reduction to TPWD totaling $145.4 million over the biennium, representing a 22.4% decrease in funding. FTE reductions in this version total 276.4 FTEs in 2012 and 211.0 FTEs in 2013. The primary difference between the two versions is in the area of law enforcement and payments to the General Land Office for coastal erosion contracts.

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