no to increases
April 09, 2014 at 10:48am
I do not support raising the fees.
First, anyone remember how poorly LWLF handled the oil spill closures? Remember them opening and closing locations without any data support? Remember how they closed one side of the HWY 11 bridge but left the other side open? LWLF can't be trusted to make any good administrative decisions, especially with money.
Second, if they lowered out of state fees, they would ultimately get more revenue from out of state fishermen. This greedy state cut its own throat.
Third, recreational fishing already brings in
$114.1 million each year to the state from tax money. This info is from LWLF themselves (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/publication/32728-economic-benefits-fisheries-wildlife-and-boating-resources-state-louisiana-2006/southwick_2006_final_final_report_5-27-08_0.pdf). This does not include fishing licenses.
And, as already pointed out, the state can, on a whim, move it to the general fund. I can give more reasons, but that's enough for now.