Lawmakers plan to raid boating-dedicated fund

Mar 6 2012 in Business of Boating, Currents by Deborah Bach

Boaters are being asked to help fight a proposal by Washington lawmakers to divert $4.6 million from a fund dedicated to boating infrastructure to help pay for marine law enforcement.

Both the Senate Democratic and Republican budget contain provisions that would take $4.6 million from the state’s Recreation Resource Account — equal to about half the account — and use it for Department of Fish & Wildlife enforcement. Neither Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed budget nor the House budget includes the provision.

The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and the Recreational Boating Association of Washington (RBAW) are opposing the budget provision and encouraging boaters to contact their legislative representatives to do the same.

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