5-8-15 finance committee votes to raise park and campsite fees

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee has voted to raise state park and camping fees.  Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for an end to funding park operations with tax dollars and make the parks self-sustaining through fees and sponsorships. His plan calls for raising annual entrance fees for state residents and non-residents by $3 and park and forest camping fees by $2. The state Department of Natural Resources has indicated it would consider selling naming rights to state parks as well.  The finance committee voted Thursday to raise annual fees by $3, increase daily admissions by $1 and annual trail passes from $20 to $25. The committee also voted to raise the range of resident camping fees from $12 or $15 to between $15 and $20 depending on the site.

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