That’s just not true Old Scout.
The DNR and State Parks infrastructure would have to be in place even if you didn’t have a single out of state visitor. And yes the residents pay directly into those organizations where tourist may not. However, the jobs that a very, very large number of those taxpayers working at are in some cases funded 100% by visitor dollars. And the spin-off jobs add additional monies, indirectly funded via the tourist buck. Those that have absolutely no exposure what so ever to tourist dollars are merely paying their own way. Not to mention that a great deal of the tourist problems are created by tourist form your own state. I know, because years ago I worked at cleaning cabins, boats, mowing the lawns, trimming tress and yes hauling garbage left behind form tourist. Seemed to me some of those coming out of Milwaukee, Madison and others cities in Wisconsin were at least as bad as any coming form anywhere else. Same thing in California, some of the worst tourist come right out of Los Angeles, both in smug arrogance and leaving a mess as well as causing damages. Not to mention some of the outright criminal behavior.
As I have stated before, if your parks and forest managers and other tourist orientated agencies and businesses are not getting every single dime (and a nice big fat profit) out of your tourist, then they are not being run properly. The tourist trade is a plus, plus to Wisconsin and it’s tax payers and it has been for years.
Incidentally, in California the private resorts can’t hold a candle to Wisconsin operators. I’d kill to have a Duck Point, or Feases’s (last two places I have stayed in Tomahawk area) any where in California. Been looking for 30 years, still haven’t found it. These people just don’t get it here. And talk about attitude, the people that run these places in California think they are doing you a big favor by taking your money. In Wisconsin we get treated like royalty comparatively.
<small>[ July 18, 2003, 04:15 PM: Message edited by: JFlosum ]</small>