The Detroit News reports that hunting fees would double and fishing license fees would almost double under a $115 million package of fee increases proposed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Rep. Joel Sheltrown, D-West Branch, chairman of the House Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources Committee is quoted as saying:
“The public will see some sort of increase, but probably not what has been proposed. We don’t want to price these licenses beyond the reach of people, but some kind of increase is needed or they’re going to lay off conservation officers. Very few legislators want to vote for any fee increase. It’s not popular, but it might be responsible.”
According to the article, fee increases are proposed for liquor licenses, commercial mobile radio systems, air emissions, corporation papers, land and water permits, solid waste surcharge, securities, groundwater discharge permits, hazardous waste users, pollution prevention programs, local judiciary users, teacher certifications and state police fingerprints.
Eric Sharp over at the Freep is of the opinion that the DNR’s fee-hike plan really isn’t out of line. What do you think? Raise fees? Cut services? Continue to blame each other?