I've been self employed since 1975 and I can assure anyone who works for someone else, between the taxes, insurance(s), fees, licenses, etc..., it's a wonder that anyone even wants to go into business for themselves, let alone hire employees.
Back to the boating fees. I've covered the DNR beat for more years than some forum members have been alive, and I can assure you that this agency has been out of control for decades. In reality, you could easily cut 50-percent of their labor force and still have people running around the Annapolis office with the same, ragged piece of paper they were running around with 20 years ago.
The Boating Administration/Service is always asking for more, and more, money for projects that never seem to materialize. The entire division could probably function just fine with no more than a half-dozen people and a couple updated computers. All of the projects could easily be outsourced to private industry, but that never seems to be the case.
Like I said earlier, bend over and get out the KY Jelly--Czar O'Malley is gonna' stick it to all of us filthy rich boat owners.