Everything, including wildlife agencies are affected by the current downturn in the economy. South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources has gone from an annual budget of $32 million, to a current budget of $14 million. Their plan to raise fees would increase their budget by $5 million. However, they are considering waiting until 2013 to try to pass the proposed increase, as 2012 is an election year.
NR board chairwoman Caroline Rhodes says she doesn't like waiting until 2013 to request the higher fees, but she doesn't want to see the request rejected either. From Chron.com .