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