WDFW’s proposals to fill a projected $32.9 million budget shortfall by increasing license fees or instituting a $10 annual surcharge have been put on pause, according to a report today.
The plans were brought before the Fish and Wildlife Commission at yesterday’s meeting with the possibility of a decision on Saturday.
But according to thelens.com, members were hesitant to move forward with a recommendation to state lawmakers to pass a bill during the legislative session next year over fears of a backlash from Washington hunters and anglers.
“This could be perceived as the wrong time. Is there ever a good time to ask for a fee increase? Probably not. What I would be afraid of is we get people worked up into a fever opposing the fee increase. There’s no easy answer to this, obviously, but I think timing is critical,” Commissioner Bob Kehoe said, according to the report.
For more, see http://thelens.news/2018/08/10/fish-and-wildlife-pause-on-fee-hikes/.