The state of Montana is bracing itself for a sequestration, which is expected to hit their state fish and wildlife agencies. Sequestration is the process of cutting federal funding across departments and agencies.
The talk is that 5% of Montana and a few other state’s wildlife agency annual budgets will be cut, but will be given back in the fiscal 2014 year. The funds will be held in trust by the federal government. While that might seem okay, Montana is worried of how it will affect this year.
Much of state wildlife and fishing agencies receive a good portion of their funding from federal government grants or pass-along taxes, such as the federal excise task which distributes money from the sale of fishing and hunting equipment to state agencies.
Montana is expected to lose $161,000 in addition to losses from two federal grants. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife grant, the state will also lose $69,000.
While the cut funds can’t be used for any other purpose, the affected states will see a difference in how their programs and agencies will run for the remainder of the year. For instance, seasonal employment, equipment and supplies might have to be downsized to compensate for lost funding.
This is just one of the many ways the government is looking to reform our country’s financial crisis. In regards to this situation, all of the details as far as exact amounts and the length of the sequestration are still undetermined. For now, Montana will just have to sit back and watch closely.
(Source – MSU Billings)