To: Dean Sanpei, Ken Ivory, Eric Hutchings, Brian King, John G. Mathis, Curtis Oda, Lee Perry, Val Peterson, Paul Ray, Larry Wiley, Rebecca Lockhart, Brad Dee, Greg Hughes, Don Ipson,
Subject: Dollars and Sense: Vote Yes on HB 37.
Date: Thu Feb 13 06:57:25 MST 2014
Stream Access brings people and their recreation dollars to our state.
Stream Access keeps our dollars in our own state.
How much money do No Trespassing signs generate for the state?
No Trespassing signs do, however, send people out of state to pursue their passion, people like these 400+ who showed up Tuesday to support HB 37.
I personally left the state of Utah 20+ times last year to fish in states with better access laws.
Figuring 2 tanks of gas, meals, river shuttles, guide fees, fishing licenses in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, etc. I probably spent at least $5,000 outside the state.
If all of the people that showed up on Tuesday did the same you're looking at $2 million dollars leaving the state annually and I'd guess that less than 1% of fly fishers showed up on Tuesday.
So roughly $200,000,000 leaving the state because of poor stream access.
That's @ 12.5 million in tax revenue and millions more pumped into Montana and Idaho small businesses because "Private Property, No Fishing" signs are worth more to the state of Utah?
My passion for the sport is not going to change, so our access laws should if we want to keep our dollars in Utah businesses.
Let's move HB 37 into subcommittee, and vote yes.