DNR Warns of Major Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state says it will close dozens of parks and scale back fish planting unless recreational licenses and fees are increased.
The Department of Natural Resources also says it will have to cut back on the number of conservation officers unless it gets the extra fee money.
The DNR released a memo today outlining a series of cutbacks -- some beginning as early as November 1st.
None of the $1.3 billion in state tax increases approved earlier this month will go to the DNR, which draws less than 5 percent of its money from the general fund.


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  • by James Location: Stockbridge on Oct 25, 2007 at 06:04 AM
    If the other departments had this insight of cutting their own budget instead of expecting a mythical increases, we would not be in a budget crisis.
  • by william Location: lansing on Oct 24, 2007 at 07:34 AM
    the fees will be in demand for the d.n.r to hire more rangers, etc, due to the fact that people who cannot afford to hunt or fish now will be forced to poaching. A very bad mistake, because it will bring out another new can of worms that has been slow for years, but of course, this will bring in new revenues because of fines of being caught!
  • by pam Location: Jackson on Oct 23, 2007 at 07:46 PM
    A department in the state that does not require taxing all of us. Why doesnt this model work for other dpeartments.
  • by jim Location: lansing on Oct 23, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    I'm sorry for thoes that may loose there jobs.but many seem to be doing just that.the parks are nice but who can afford them or has time to enjoy them,some are working only part time jobs or are temps working somewhere.with no promise of full time hireing.I can see raising the fees,but I also see people breaking the laws to hunt and so on.they've already been doing it for along time.people get hungry,they hunt since groceries have went up in price.raising the fees are fine,just so the money goes where it is suppose to.which we don't know where the taxes on so much stuff keeps going.we only know there are alot of people going without food,and there's alot of homeless people,we know jobs are few,we know how high gas prices are,we know more are getting unemployed.and we know someone spent money foolishly to cause all these problems.guess who????
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