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Walker to review using hunting fees for mine costs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to review whether hunting and fishing fees collected by the state should be used to pay for costs related to sighting an open pit iron ore mine near Lake Superior.

Walker was asked about the issue Tuesday following a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the state has spent nearly $260,000 to pay for expenses related to the mine that will not be recovered from mining company Gogebic Taconite.

Money to pay for that has come from landfill tipping fees and hunting and fishing license fees.

Walker said he would prefer that fees collected for anything to do with hunting, fishing and trapping “stay in those particular areas.” He said he wants to review the issue across state government.

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