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Boards of Fish/ Game ask for ideas on cutting costs

November 18, 2015               Budget cartoon2

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The Boards of Fish and Game want input on cutting costs. More after this –

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The Boards of Fish and Game are asking for ideas from Alaskans as state budgets are set to be slashed due to funding shortfalls.  A day-long joint meeting on December 9 in Anchorage to get input on budget savings for the state agencies involved with the two boards.

We’re looking at FY 17 which starts in July 2016. Just based on the normal meeting schedules that the boards have, we don’t even have enough even at status quo in terms of a budget revenue to meet their needs.  

Glenn Haight is Executive Directors of the joint Fish and Game Boards. Combined meeting costs vary each year, but are roughly $500,000. That includes more than $200,000 for 60 to 70 active Board advisory committees.

One idea floated at a recent work session, Haight said, is to extend the current regional three year meeting cycle to four or five years. That would save $100,000 for board support tasks.

Some  would say there is already too much time between meeting cycles and further delay would make it harder to make regulatory changes and cause more agenda change requests and emergency petitions, others say extending the meeting cycle to five years is good for a business so they can more of a stable business environment to plan from.

Another idea is to reduce the number of regulatory proposals or streamline the review process by Department of Fish and Game staff.

There’s a lot of work put into proposal review and reporting on not by board support but by the division staff. Between BOF and BOG there’s upwards of 400-500 proposals each year and so if there was a way to reduce the number of proposals or at least to streamline proposal review efforts by the boards, that would save the divisions a lot of money and they are the ones who are sustaining significant budget reductions.  

And perhaps cost saving changes could be made within the meetings themselves –

There’s a standard pattern to meetings – introductions, to ethic disclosures to staff reports and then public testimony and then you move into committees and deliberations. Is there anything within those areas where one could do without or do less if that would save time.

 Written comments may be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Boards Support Section by December 4th.

An online survey will soon be launched to gather more public input beyond the December 9th meeting date.  Find links at our website –, (907) 465-6095, (907) 465-6098

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