The Sequester and the Parks

July 16th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

The cut to the National Park Service from sequestration is over $150 million this year, and according to a story out of Wisconsin, staff reductions at a Wisconsin park are making it easier for bears to steal food, leading to at least one fan of sequestration, shown below.

More generally:

Officials have been dealing with these reductions by cleaning restrooms less frequently, reducing hours at visitor centers, canceling educational programs and doing less maintenance of trails.

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6 comments in reply to "The Sequester and the Parks"

  1. tyler says:

    I can’t believe how inept our government is. We know exactly what to do to create jobs, yet we are doing the exact opposite.

    Why hasn’t President Obama proposed a payroll tax cut for the working poor? Why is he just sitting on his hands when we are in the midst of the worst poverty crisis since the Great Depression?


  2. lcsm says:

    There once was a time when the parks kept all the money they brought in from their fees. The powers that be saw how much the parks were making because they were so popular that they changed the system. The money the parks made went into the treasury instead and the parks were subject to the budget appropriations system. Of course since then the parks have been chronically under funded.


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