"Committee member Marti Halverson, R-Etna, said that if licensing fees don’t increase, Game and Fish may have to seek more money from the General Fund."
Haha. The politicians would laugh at that notion here in Illinois. Blago's machine routinely raided funds generated by fees and taxes on sportsmen. Funds stolen went directly in the broke general fund to pay for welfare and politician's pensions. Thank god Colorado has Blago as well as his hair now.
Got this mass mailing in my inbox recently. The new governor passed a bill that prohibits stealing funds that was already illegal to begin with.
Dear DNR constituent:
The passage of the DNR Sustainability Bill (SB1566/FAQs) is a significant victory for conservation and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). What the bill does is allow the agency to keep state parks and sites open and begin to address a backlog of needed facility repairs, which now totals $750 million. It also allows us to address other program problems for the agency.
The bill took nearly a year to negotiate and included over 40 DNR constituent groups in talks, who worked with sponsor Rep. Frank Mautino for a consensus bill. A key component and big “win” for conservation included in the bill was the rarely used anti-sweeps language that ensures funds would not be used for other purposes than keeping state parks open and programs working. Governor Pat Quinn’s management and budget director also signed a letter committing to not sweep these funds and hold DNR’s funding level.
This level of commitment to DNR should not be a surprise. During Governor Quinn’s first week on the job and my first day on the job as Director, he signed a different bill that replaced diverted sportsmen’s funds that were swept by our predecessors. We have been working diligently ever since to protect these funds and use them for conservation.