If the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 3742) passes, Texas will need to come up with $20 million in non-federal funding in order to receive $60 million in federal funding. At the request of the Boone and Crockett Club, a Bush School of Government and Public Service Capstone team undertook to determine the best and most sustainable funding options to raise the funds needed to receive the federal match.
The team researched the options, surveyed stakeholders, and analyzed the feasibility of the preferred methods in terms of equity, long-term viability, and practicality. The results of their research and the reasoning behind their recommendation to implement a $1 vehicle registration fee to expand conservation funding in Texas is outlined in a new issue of The Takeaway, Sustainable Funding Options for Texas Wildlife Conservation.
The capstone team included Taimoor Alvi, Colton Haffey, Mary Huddleston, Emily Parks, Bill Prieto, Austin Reed, Hamza Sadiq, Carolyn Smith, Matthew Vatthauer, and Maheen Zahid. Their faculty advisor was Dr. Cole Blease Graham, and their academic sponsor was Dr. Peregrine Barboza. Completing the capstone project was one of their last requirements before earning the Master of Public Service and Administration degree.
The Takeaway is a publication of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.