Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Slick Scott Walker reversal on Stewardship Program keeps everybody on edge, guessing…

I knew there was something fishy about Scott Walker’s scorched earth campaign to downsize the government. It wasn't just a desperate presidential campaign ploy to show how much he hates government, it was also a complete flip flop. Walker's latest outrage:
The Department of Natural Resources faces fundamental changes under Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget, with one proposal to freeze state land purchases Walker's budget would effectively halt deals to preserve pristine areas of the state under the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for the next 13 years.
Who's this Scott Walker? But back on May 28, 2013, the Journal Sentinel reported:
Gov. Scott Walker said he disagreed with heavy cuts in a land conservation program ... and said he hoped all or most of the funding would be restored. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted to sharply pare the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program … (it) also called on the DNR to put at least 10,000 acres of state land up for sale by June 30, 2017.

Walker said he believed the frustration is they think they don’t have adequate public access to land the state buys. A report by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau in January found nine out of every 10 acres of land in the stewardship program is open to hunting. 

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