It's not the DNR that's asking for this. User groups have put it together and gotten legislative attention. I'm pretty sure the DNR is adamantly opposed to a number of the items on the list.
As a grant sponsor and trail maintainer, I know what it takes (effort) to do the job right with maintenance. You do a disservice to those that bust their butt on the trails by painting the entire program with such a broad brush.
I've ridden 11 different systems this spring/summer.
The two that were in bad shape were both on USFS land, trails the DNR has no say over. 1 on State land has always been poor, yet was excellent (easily meeting spec) this year, first in several years. The rest were good or great as far as meeting spec.