A state Department of Natural Resources committee voted 4-1 Thursday to recommend approval of a controversial $500,000 grant to the politically connected United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation amid questions about whether the group is qualified to carry out the work.
In an interview after the meeting, Mark LaBarbera, the lone member of the Sporting Heritage Grant Committee to vote against the grant, said “I felt that it didn’t pass the smell test.”
The decision now goes to DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, who has no discretion but to OK the grant, said Tim Andryk, the agency’s chief legal counsel. Andryk told the committee that the provision passed as part of the state’s two-year budget requires the secretary to issue the grant by Tuesday.
It's a done deal.