Thursday, March 25, 2010

State Parks Fee Changes Passes Legislatures

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from the Associated Press and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

Today the State Parks Passport fee structure passed the House of Representatives, and will now go to the governor to be signed. This change allows Michigan motorists to pay an optional $10 annual fee which will provide entry to all state parks.

The bills which set up this state parks passport system were passed by 83-25 and 81-27 votes today in the House of Representatives.

This will do away with the annual stickers and daily passes for residents. Out of state vehicles will continue to pay for entry.

Proponents cite Montana's similar system which has actually increased revenue for the park while decreasing the user fee per vehicle. Opponents say the money should have gone to repair roads.

See Is $10 State Park Passport Off Track?
See State Park Passport Held Up in House
See Michigan Legislature plug in bill 388 and 389
See New State Park Funding on Brink of Passage
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