Friday, February 23, 2007

What is Jennifer Thinking?

Michigan's struggling economy could well soon suffer a self-inflicted wound. (Actually they're all self-inflicted but this one is a little more obvious.)

One area that has not been suffering is attracting out-of-state tourists who wish to take advantage of our extensive natural bounty.

Enter our governor.

Some fees will go up and some of them are quite understandable but we need to draw out-of-state sportsmen (and women) not discourage them. As I said in an earlier post, you gotta think more than one move at a time. Raising fees for sportsmen is going to hurt one of the few industries that are not suffering in this state. We need to look at each fee increase and see if that will result in more or fewer total revenues for the state. A fee increase the reduces usage is counterproductive.

We don't need to fix what isn't broke. We have enough that is broken to warrant all of our attention.

10 Comments:

Blogger Tom C said...

Evnin Rat! It pains me to see the trouble in my former home. Tell Jen that we need John to ride on in with his Oldsmobile and fix her damn mess. As bad as it gets please remember that I will always support the uaw and her members.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Tom C said...

Ohh and one more thing. As of today, my daughter is a Navy Corpsman.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Tom, thank your daughter for serving.

Shoprat, Jen, like many (morons) in government think that fee increases go unnoticed, until they don't bring in the money anymore.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

What were the house and senate thinking when they blew a 2 billion dollar hole in the state budget by repealing the single business tax without a plan to either replace the money, or tell the voters what the cuts were going to be (of course, since they did this right before the election, they didn't want to talk about slashing spending on education, etc. They just wanted to say "look what we did! We cut taxes!As with proposal A, it is not a tax cut, but a tax shift. Shift and shaft is what some called it when Big John raised the sales tax by %50 so that he could cut the property taxes.)
As a hunter and angler, I will tell you that deer hunting licenses costing $30 will not stop anyone from hunting. The extra $15 it will cost is less than the cost of a box of shells.$12 extra dollars for a fishing license is about the cost of four dozen night crawlers, or 2 or 3 lures.

Besides, where is the Republican counter proposal? Where do they want to cut? All I hear is cut, cut, cut. Privatize this or that. If they privatize my garbage man, it just means another fee (tax) that I pay to a company instead of the township paying for it out of my taxes. Where is the real savings? It's just another shift and shaft.

Republicans say that government is inefficient and that private business is the way to go. Why would I vote for a candidate that says government cannot do a proper job of running whatever service that they are supposed to provide? If they believe that government is the problem, they obviously are not the people who should run the government. Should we privatize the police? "Murder investigation? That'll be $1000 a day plus expenses". I'm not buying it anymore.

10:58 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Wouldn't they be better off spending the money on promotion in the neighboring states to attract more revenue?

11:49 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Whichever state I resided in, be it upper midwest or mountain west, the state fish & game policy was to
charge high out-of-state fees. The thinking being high revenue. So, it is not surprising that a large
timber company with extensive holdings here just announced a fee
structure for using their forests:
$10/year to hike, $25 for ATV, car & horseback, and $100 for a camper.
Needless to say, they are about as
popular as the F&G department!!

10:36 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Cut the State's spending on stupid stuff, Jen!! Start with state representative, senator, and governor salaries.

Yeah, right...

3:35 PM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

They should spend the money on advertising to attract more sportsmen/hunters, then when they come to pay the new and improved REDUCED-FEE to hunt, in order to be eligible they need show proof of NRA membership. Call it the Zumbolaw. ;-)

11:20 AM  
Blogger pete in Midland said...

My first though wen our "wonderful" governor announced her deepthoughht plan was ... hmmm, wonder why she didn't announce her tax and spend plans BEFORE the election? Like friend Tim above, our dear gov'nor doesn't seem to understand exactly where tax revenue comes from. Call it what you will - single business tax, use tax, or even user fees ... it all comes out of the same pocket. Mr. Joe Average and all his ilk.
Little Jennie wants to tax haircuts because the state is "in trouble" and, besides, she wants to reward students even more for graduating high school. Isn't that GENEROUS of her? And if we don't like it, well, she'll just shut down some prisons and put the criminals out to do her collections ....

5:31 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Pete, face it. A Box of shells or 3 cans of worms will not stop anybody from hunting or fishing. Typical Republican. I want to do everything for free, or get a Democrat to pay...

12:35 AM  

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