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License and Registration, Hiawatha

The shores of Gitche Gumee are safe for now, but canoers and kayakers in the Pine Tree state may have to get a special license if some lawmakers in Maine have their way. As this story notes, it isn’t so much about safety as raising revenue. The new $19 license fee would provide additional funds for the state’s fish and wildlife agency.

One supporter justified the new fee with this priceless gem:

“They care about the department and they care about the outdoors here in Maine but they’re just not contributing.”

Except, you know, when they pay their state taxes

Michael Flynn is Director of Government Affairs for the Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank whose mission is to advance a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.