October 11, 2013

Feds May Allow States Use Own Money to Reopen National Parks

Gov. Brewer's office says it will try to find way to reopen the Grand Canyon during the federal shutdown.



The federal government has announced it will consider allowing states to use their own money to reopen some national parks closed as part of the federal government shutdown.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Thursday the federal government will consider offers to use state money to reopen national parks including the Grand Canyon.

It’s estimated that the closures of the Grand Canyon costs northern Arizona more than $1.2 million a day.

Gov. Jan Brewer, and governors from Utah, Colorado and South Dakota have requested permission to reopen national parks within their states because of the economic impact of park closures.

The governor’s office said Brewer and state lawmakers will make money available to reopen the Grand Canyon, but added the state can’t fund it indefinitely

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