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February 26, 2007

House Finance Committee Is Next Step for Fish and Game Funding

CONCORD, N.H. -- A series of hearings coming up around the state by the N.H. House Finance Committee offers a chance to express support for putting adequate funding in the state budget for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to ensure that Fish and Game can maintain programs and services over the next two years. The hearings address the overall state budget, and they are important because the House Finance Committee offers another opportunity to address the Department's funding issues.

The proposed budget does not include stopgap funding requested by the Department. To make up for the absence of general fund support, the current budget proposal before the House Finance Committee recommends a cut of approximately 10% to the Fish and Game Department budget. It also counts on a projected $250,000 annually in new revenue derived from auctioning moose permits. The budget as proposed will impact programs and services provided by the Fish and Game Department and leaves no room for absorbing unanticipated costs.

The public hearings will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • March 5, 2007, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Lebanon at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium E&F.

  • March 6, 2007, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in Keene at Keene State College, Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center.

  • March 8, 2007, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Rochester at the Rochester Community Center.

  • March 12, 2007, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Manchester at the Public Service of New Hampshire Auditorium.

  • March 15, 2007, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Lancaster at the White Mountain Regional High School Auditorium.

For updates on Fish and Game funding bills and links to contact information for the Finance Committee members and the House Calendar, click here.

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