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Ailing Parks Mark 100th Anniversary

Ailing Parks Mark 100th Anniversary
January 05
08:57 2016

National Park units are unlikely to receive 100th anniversary presents that would remedy their maintenance backlog of $11.5 billion.

The Obama administration and Republican Congressional leadership are at odds about how much should be spent but agree in general terms that upgrading trails, visitor centers, and campgrounds should be priorities.

President Obama wants to see expenditures of $1.5 billion over the next three years.  Republicans say that is way too much.

It appears both sides agree that the cost of a senior lifetime pass should go from $10 to $80 and that a lodging tax should be imposed, although it is unclear whether it would apply to campgrounds.

The National Park Service’s annual budget has been flat for the past five years at $3.2 billion.

Republicans are critical of Obama’s penchant for designating new park units because it stretches the shares of an already-strained pie.

“It’s fun and sexy to add a new unit to the park system.  It’s not fun or sexy to talk about repairing a sewer system,”  said Utah Representative Rob Bishop.

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