- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The co-chair of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee says he is open to raising hunting and fishing permit fees for people outside of Wisconsin.

Rep. John Nygren said Tuesday that option will be considered by the committee on Wednesday as it votes on parts of the Department of Natural Resources budget.

Gov. Scott Walker did not call for any increase in hunting or fishing fees over the next two years in his budget. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau has prepared an alternative showing how much money would be raised by increasing fees $2 per license.

The Fiscal Bureau says the roughly $2 million raised a year could be used to fill some of 38 vacant positions, plug account shortfalls or bolster law enforcement

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