Natural Resources

Use of Tax/Fee Funds for Purposes Unrelated to the Tax/Fee

There is often a discontinuity between the stated reason for a tax or fee and the use of the revenue that tax or fee generates. Take for example a topic near and dear to my heart, the ORV tag, where I pay a fee annually but reap only minimal value for that money. While I understand and appreciate that not every worthwhile program has a dedicated tax or fee funding it, and, hence, the need for a general fund, it seems ...more »

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State should charge a "house call fee" for technical assistance

Several state agencies provide free technical services to private landowners such as DNR Forest Practices Foresters, Small Landowner Foresters, and I'm sure other state agencies (not just natural resource agencies) do the same for no charge. Perhaps there should be a fee for these "house calls" that landowners are getting at taxpayer expense. Sometimes people need site specific assistance but a most of the time I think ...more »

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Stop supporting programs meant to fund themselves

In many states, licensing and inspection programs do not charge enough fees to cover the program costs. In these cases, the program is then also supported with state general fund dollars. I suggest that a thorough review of all programs funded with restricted dollars be done and fees increased to cover the real cost of doing business. In addtion, in many cases, the true cost of running these programs is not addresed ...more »

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