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Senate votes to make parks & lands, fishing & hunting more expensive

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm with 5 Comments »
April 20, 2011 3:02 pm

The Senate voted today to raise the cost of fishing and hunting licenses and add new fees on everyone who drives to state parks, state forests or other state lands.

The bills, which now go to the House, also cut general-fund support for Washington’s natural resource agencies. They move them toward being funded mainly by users, not by taxpayers.

The bipartisan votes of support for SB 5622 and and SB 5385 were no surprise, since both are built into the Senate budget and have agreement from a number of groups of recreationalists.

The parks users, fishermen and hunters who support paying more do so because of worries that otherwise the budget cuts will still go through and will be big enough to close state lands, shut down fish hatcheries and lay off enforcement officers.

The amounts of the proposed hunting and fishing license hikes vary depending on the activity and the type of game and can be seen here. The parks passes would cost $30 a year, and drivers who don’t get them would pay a $10 one-day parking fee.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    This bill will doom state parks and result in closure. Ask yourself, will op in and pay a $30 fee on top of all the other fees to use a state park?

    Want an answer, just ask the people that work at the DOL office. They will tell you that when people come in to get their tabs they are upset at all the fees they now pay and if they can op out they will. Presently, and gas prices don’t help, 75% are opting out of the $5 state park fee.

    This bill is a scheme and is intended to CYA of democrats in Olympia. When this idea fails and parks start to close they will cover themselves by saying it’s you that’s not paying the fee. It’s your fault that parks are closing.

    Plus there is nothing in the bill that says the money will be protected from fund and fee shifting like they always do.

    Rember this when they close your favorite state park. But the illeagals will still get their free health care as long as they vote for democrats.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    taxed enough needs to tax his brain and get some facts straight. Forty percent of the people are now voluntarily making a $5 donation for State Parks. And no one will pay $30 in addition to other fees- those already paying for their asctivity- like campers, boaters, and snowmobilers- will not have to pay a dime more to camp, boat, or head out into the snow.

    The Discover Pass has broad support from the people, and taxed enough ought to just stay inside if he doesn’t like it.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    jimkingjr has no creditabilty on this issue. He is a paid lobbist for groups in Olympia. He does his bidding in Olympis for a fee. If he was paid to badmouth this bill he would.

    The broad support he talks about is not from people but intrest groups that benifit from parks and their wasteful spending.

    Watch the testimony on TVW and see how the ORV, hunters, fishermen, DNR land users object to this bill. Watch the testimony with former Senator Lynn Kessler as she explains how this bill will fail and will also hurt the poor. Watch Mr. King work his magic for his paycheck.

    Always follow the money for those that comment here. Anything out of oder here jimkingjr?

  4. jimkingjr says:

    Actually, jimkingjr makes his living as a lobbyist for small businesses, and doesn’t even make expenses and minimum wage on advocating for state parks and outdoor recreation. Watch TVW- when the bill was before the Senate WAys & Means committee and the ORVers, hunters, fishers, and all the rest testified in support of 2SSB 5622. Watch taxedenoughintacoma hide his real name and kvetch, but never lift a finger to help make anything better.

    Then decide who has any credibility. What have you done for the Reiter lately? That’s another one jimkiingjr is working for free.

  5. Always kinda wondered how JKJ was making the big bucks off of parks. :)

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