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    Default Thought this might be of interest.....

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    "In USA today in the state blurbs "Tennessee: Nashville-Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander praised Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to keep TN fish hatcheries at Erwin and Dale Hollow open until joint funding can be secured. Salazar told a Senate appropriations panel his agency is pursuing funding with TVA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers."

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    I would be stunned if TVA funded any part of a fish hatchery.

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    Every time we buy fishing gear federal taxes exist on the products... we pay for these fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corbo View Post
    Every time we buy fishing gear federal taxes exist on the products... we pay for these fish.
    No we don't, our federal taxes are spent on a million things that are so far removed from fish they can't even see water. Such as huge entitlement programs, health care, stimulus plans, etc etc.

    Just think how many fish could be stocked with the 800 billion dollars wasted on the 2009 Stimulus plan? Or how many fish weren't stocked because "someone" paid off their political buddies with money invested into their "green energy" companies which are now bankrupt.

    Our federal tax dollars are wasted so badly it should be considered an atrocity by anyone who pays taxes.

    I have said it before, and will again the federal govt has zero business raising fish. Last time I checked the constitution was missing a section dealing with fishery stocking.

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    Every time we buy fishing gear federal taxes exist on the products... we pay for these fish.
    Corbo is correct. He is referring to the Wallop-Breaux Act which provides for a special tax on fishing tackle and related items. As a custom rodbuilder, I am required to collect a tax on each rod I build and pay the IRS. The money is then given to the USF&WS. Then, the money is distributed to the states in accordance to the number of fishing licenses sold.
    Hunters also pay a tax on guns, ammo, archery, etc. as provided under the Pittman-Robertson Act. You can google these acts to see what they are.
    Hunters and anglers are the only groups of people who actually asked to be taxed to keep their respective sports going.
    When you get into general funds going for hunting and fishing, you are opening the door for the Anti's to stop our sports or redirect the money to other government programs. Believe me, they are out there!

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    Thanks for the educational lesson, I had never heard of the tax you mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    I would be stunned if TVA funded any part of a fish hatchery.
    Yeah, they are on a tight noose right now with spending on direct projects. However; the secondary-level of spending=the big dark hole, is always hemorrhaging millions of dollars on indirect costs.

    However; I guess one could construe that they are indirectly funding hatcheries on the few tail-waters that are self-sustaining in fish reproduction.
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