MPBN - The Legislature's Appropriations Committee was deluged with complaints about the Baldacci administration's plan to cut more than $1.25 million from the state's natural resources agencies. Critics derided it as a thinly-veiled attempt to consolidate Agriculture, Conservation, Marine Resources and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Under the governor's $438 million supplemental budget, a working group would be charged with finding savings and the group would be largely drawn from the governor's staff. . . "We've discussed this with our members and with other people, and it's really the first step of consolidation, which we're very much opposed to -- regardless of what is being presented here, this is the first step of consolidation of the natural resources departments," said Jon Olson, Executive Secretary of the Maine Farm Bureau Association. . . "I really kind of resent the way this is going around," Cousens said. "As I looked at that list of people that were going to be on the working group, I didn't see any industry people, and I didn't see any natural resource people. That's like me coming in and telling you how to do something, when I have no clue about how your agency works. I don't think that's the way to go. I look at that as kind of blackmail -- 'you do it or we'll do it for you.'"