Wednesday, January 14, 2009

F&G's fee proposal makes no sense

Now is the time to voice opposition to the proposed Idaho Fish and Game's 20 to 30 percent fee increase. Fish and Game is making an outrageous request of the Idaho Legislature. Timing couldn't be worse and this bloated fee increase comes as our state is facing the worst recession in years.

Our governor has ordered state agencies to tighten their belts and reduce spending by 10 percent. What gives Fish and Game the right to expect a ridiculous fee increase when other state agencies are facing layoffs and cutbacks? The department is acting like a spending "prima donna" and for some reason it believes it should not demonstrate the same spending discipline as other state agencies. The Legislature must tell Fish and Game to "hold the line" on fees and consider cutting its budget by 10 percent, the same as all other state agencies.

It is outrageous that Fish and Game is vain enough to even consider making this bloated, ridiculous fee increase request, and it shows just how out of touch this department has become with the sportsmen and citizens of Idaho. Call or write your local representative today and voice your opposition to the requested 20 to 30 percent fee increase.

Tony Mayer

Twin Falls

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