user fees

Budget battles
5:54 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Enviro Groups Urge Higher Resource User Fees

A trail sign at Tiger Mountain in east King County. The recreational area is managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
wta.org

Lawmakers in Olympia are proposing to slash or even eliminate dozens of important programs and services, as they struggle to eliminate a nearly $5 billion budget gap.

Environmental groups are hoping to stave off what they say would be crippling budget cuts to natural resource agencies in charge of protecting water, air and forests. But with education and health care for the poor on the chopping block, they face a tough battle.

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