Shutdown 2013: Some States Want To Fund National Parks, To Keep Tourists Coming
Aside from the politics of it, if allowed, this would be a smart move for some high traffic, high profile national parks, and the money invested by States would be a lot less than the revenue being lost right now.
Excerpt from New York Times
With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown, governors across the nation are struggling with a cascade of tough decisions about when and whether to step in with state funds to keep an ever-growing list of shuttered parks and programs operating until the deadlock is resolved.
The shutdown of the national park system has proved to be particularly disruptive so far – creating waves of anxiety in regions where the parks are central to states’ economies and identities. In Arizona, business leaders have raised $150,000 so far to try to keep open at least one viewing site over the Grand Canyon.
But the Department of Interior has rebuffed such offers.