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E-M:/ State may need to pay back $25 million in Wildlife funds



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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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An Associated Press article today by Nedra Pickler reports that a draft 
federal audit of Michigan DNR's handling of wildlife funds and license fees 
finds that the DNR may have to pay back $25.3 million in funds to the 
USFish and Wildlife Service.  According to the AP story, the draft audit 
shows "those expenditures were not allowed under an agreement with the 
federal government that says the state can spend the license revenue only 
on 'activities necessary to manage Michigan's fish and wildlife oriented 
resources.'"

I would certainly be interested for others on this list to post whatever 
they specifically know about this.  Reading between the lines of the 
article, it appears that the AP was tipped off to this by the Governor's 
office, who are ranting and raving about the draft audit when it is not 
even available to the public for review.  Normally a draft audit like this 
is sent to the agency for its comments prior to the finalization, but it 
appears the Govenor's office may be trying derail accountability by one of 
the nation's largest wildlife agencies by short-circuiting the normal audit 
and review process.

AW


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