DNR Secretary Suggests Corporate Sponsorship of State Parks
Assembly Democratic JFC members Chris Taylor and Gordon Hintz released the following statement on Stepp’s comments.
MADISON – During today’s agency briefing before the legislature’s bipartisan Joint Finance Committee, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said Walker Administration officials “will be talking about” corporate sponsorships and naming rights for Wisconsin State Parks. Assembly Democratic JFC members Chris Taylor and Gordon Hintz released the following statement on Stepp’s comments:
“After four years of budget mismanagement, the Governor and his administration are pulling out all the stops to make us see the $2.2 billion Walker Deficit through rose colored glasses. Apparently, freezing Stewardship Program, kneecapping the DNR board and raising user fees is not enough. Now the governor and his DNR secretary may intend to sell off naming rights to our state’s public parks to the highest bidder.
“Wisconsinites value their unique heritage and pristine nature of state parks and recreation areas. No one is asking for a corporate sell-out of our state parks. Rather than eliminating our commitment to Wisconsin’s shared values, we should continue to make smart investments in the numerous outdoor opportunities that generate $1 billion in economic activity each year. Wisconsin is a great place to work and play, and is a destination for visitors from around the globe, let’s keep it that way.”
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