Shutdown 2013: Hawaii Says It’s Not States’ Responsibility to Pay for Parks
The top of Kilauea Overlook on Devastation Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Colleen McNeil / Flickr
Hawaii’s playing a bit of hardball, and it’s not eager to make up for the federal government’s inability to pay its bills. It knows angry visitors will lay the blame on the clowns in Congress before the people who greeted them with leis.
Hawaii is unlikely to reopen national parks in the islands during the federal government shutdown because it appears the state wouldn’t be reimbursed for doing so.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie spokeswoman Louise Kim McCoy said Friday reimbursement isn’t the only factor the state needs to consider but it’s a huge one.
Abercrombie said in a statement that Congress and the federal government shouldn’t expect Hawaii or any other state to substitute for the federal government or assume its obligations.
The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.
Utah plans to reopen five national parks for 10 days after sending $1.65 million to the U.S. government.
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