During the budget process this past summer and fall, the Department of Natural resources was crying poverty and begging for fee increases to stay afloat.
Now we find that not only do they have a $10 million surplus in the fish and wildlife fund, but they knew it and didn't tell anybody!
I share Tom Casperson's (R-Escanaba) frustration with the department. How can we as legislators deal honestly and fairly with the budget when the executive branch won't be open and honest with us? Last year, there were three departments that overspent their budgets (in violation of the Constitution), now we find a department who hides excess funds and pushes for massive fee increases to cover their "shortfall".
Sounds to me like we need transparency in government.
Thanks to Tom Casperson for being the watchdog on this issue. Read the complete story here: http://www.dailypress.net/stories/articles.asp?articleID=15650