Easter, of course, is also a time when our elected officials take some time off to come home, rest up and reconnect with the people they represent.
We hope Minnesota legislators are getting a lot of rest, because they have much left to do when they return. There has been talk that some legislators want to cut things short in this non-budget session and come home early to get a head start on their re-election campaigns.
Among the things that need to be done is passage of a fee increase for the Department of Natural Resources, enough to keep the DNR's fish and wildlife operations from running out of money in the middle of next year. The fee increases are not crushing, they are long overdue, the state's fishing and hunting groups are solidly behind them, and it is the right thing to do to maintain Minnesota's tradition as a great place for outdoors recreation.
Yet a lot of legislators are still against raising taxes or fees, even if it means letting the state's hunting and fishing traditions go to ruin. They need to forget "pledges" and get the job done.