Letter: He wonders about deer license surcharge“Da Guv” (Doyle) was in Washington, D.C., this past week moaning about the Wisconsin fiscal problem. A problem that he instigated over the past few years by transferring tax revenues around to “balance the budget.”
By: Earl Vraa, Durand, Wis.,
TO THE EDITOR:
“Da Guv” (Doyle) was in Washington, D.C., this past week moaning about the Wisconsin fiscal problem. A problem that he instigated over the past few years by transferring tax revenues around to “balance the budget.”
Fortunately, (or unfortunately for the Wisconsin taxpayers) he was made aware of the new EPA proposal to add a fee (tax) of about $175 for each dairy cow. This fee (tax) is for the air polluting (belching and flatulence) by livestock.
“Da Guv” quickly thought of the large herd of Wisconsin deer and perhaps a derivative of this program would be another opportunity to fill the coffers of the state. He could hardly believe the revenue that such a program (tax) would generate. A license surcharge of $100 for each deer harvested would generate about $50 million a year. It is believed that Sen. Vinehout quickly threw her support for the idea and that all Wisconsin hunters would readily support the surcharge. After all, we all want clean air. The belching and flatulence of the deer in the fall hunting season is overwhelming.
Perhaps “Da Guv” and “Da Senator” ought to think also about taxing the “beer drinking hunters” that take to the woods. One sure doesn’t want to be downwind of some of these hunters, especially in the early morning. That could be another source of revenue for the state. My gosh, they could be looking at nearly $100 million per year if they just use their imagination to help solve the Wisconsin fiscal problem.
Perhaps I write this “tongue in cheek,” but considering the wild ideas that come from our elected officials and the appointed “experts,” this is not far-fetched. The proposed EPA fee is probably one of the most idiotic that has come out of WDC. Bluntly, the EPA idea stinks.