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Survey: Wisconsin Residents OK With Park Fee Increases; Corporate Naming? Not So Much

Wisconsin Survey Shows Mixed Results On Walker Plans To Change State Parks

Copper Falls State Park
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Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget includes several ideas for state parks including increasing entrance fees and selling corporate naming rights. The latest Wisconsin Survey shows support for some ideas and strong opposition to others.

The governor’s budget would end the use of general revenue tax dollars for parks. It also proposes increasing entrance and camping fees.

The survey found at least half of the respondents would support the fee increases, but most are against the sale of naming rights.

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Retired University of Wisconsin-Green Bay political scientist David Littig said that shows Wisconsinites like their parks.

“It makes sense maybe to increase some of the fees to go to the camps and enter the parks. But the thing of selling corporate naming rights, 68 percent oppose that. They want their park system,” said Littig.

The survey also showed support for raising fees on vehicle registrations to pay for roads.

The Wisconsin Survey is a random telephone sample of 600 adult Wisconsin residents that asks their opinions on national and state government, economic and policy issues. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The survey was conducted by Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Strategic Research Institute at St. Norbert College.