Dianda Testifies Against Forestry Deregulation
110th District State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet).
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 110th District State Representative Scott Dianda says he is against a package of bills aimed at deregulating the forestry industry in Michigan.
The Calumet Democrat testified today before the House Regulatory Reform Committee, of which he is a member.
Dianda said the legislation is unnecessary because regulations administered through the Registered Forester Program cost taxpayers a negligible amount of money while positively affecting the forestry industry, which is a major job creator in the U.P.
Dianda says in a time when Michigan is just getting back on its feet economically, he cannot support a package of legislation that could potentially hurt forestry.
An analysis by the House Fiscal Agency supports the positive cash flow claim, showing that state revenue exceeds the cost of regulating foresters, which is just over $6,000 biannually.