Fee Increases Proposed To Fight Invasive Species

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has unveiled legislation to slow the spread of aquatic species in Minnesota lakes and rivers.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Saxhaug and Rep. John Ward, would give the Department of Natural Resources the power to perform more boat inspections. It would raise fees for boat and fishing licenses and the penalties for violations.

The DNR expects that the fee increase would generate $4 million per year in new revenue for the invasive species program, raising its total funding to $7.8 million per year. The change would require legislative approval.

Zebra mussels and Asian carp are among the species concerning the state’s outdoors managers.

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  1. the crux of the biscuit says:

    I own aboat and fish, you want to raise my fees some to go after these invasive speceis, that’s ok with me. I do have the feeling it is a loosing battle though…..

    1. Mike says:

      why not spend the money to harvast the little buggers and fill the pot holes with them ? They won’t go away right ? like the stuff they patch with now !!

  2. GN says:

    Unfortunately, more often than not, what government says it is going to do with the money and what it actually does with the money doesn’t add up. I would guess this is just another ploy to put more money in the state general fund to abused.

    1. JC says:

      Can we tie something of personal value to these politicians promises? Like their Job, Pension, ability to ever hold public office again? Personally reimburse the rest of Minnesota Citizens for failure to perform?

  3. Jon says:

    The Pubicans will pass it because it is called a fee increase and not a tax. Pawlenty was good at that.

  4. JAY says:

    TOO BAD, BUT OUR GOVERNOR WILL LOOK FOR ANY BEGGING SHORTFALL IN FUNDS…DNR, ROADS, BRIDGES..YOU NAME IT, AND HOPE TO GET MORE FEES AND TAXES ATTACHED TO THEM SO HE CAN GENERATE MORE MONEY FOR THE GENERAL FUND. ONCE THE MONEY HITS THE GENERAL FUND IT IS LOST AND DESTINED TO BE WASTED, FUNDING THE EVER-GROWING WELFARE STATE OF PEOPLE THAT WERE NEITHER BORN HERE, WORK HERE (OR HAVE ANY INTENTION OF WORKING EITHER) BABYI FACTORIES THAT DON’T SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE, EXCEPT TO WONDER WHERE THEIR FREEBIE CHECK IS. AND THEN THE FIGHT TO NO MAKE ID CHECKS MANDATORY AT VOTING PLACES. GEE…JUST THINK IF THEY DID THAT ALL THESE FOREIGN MISCREANTS COULDN’T VOTE…AND THAT MY FRIENDS WOULD HURT THE DFL GRIEVOUSLY.

  5. DL says:

    Yep, here a fee there a fee everywhere a fee fee, old Minnesota had some fees fee I fee I OH

  6. DL says:

    that should have been fee I fee I OWE

  7. Kevin says:

    Issue + Democrat = MORE TAXS!!!! Good God use the billions from the “clean water act” or the lotto!!! Get a clue Libs…WE ARE FREAKIN BROKE!!!!!!

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