If Congressional budget hawks were hoping to trim expenses by shutting down the federal government and furloughing workers, in the case of the Grand Canyon they just managed to have state government foot the bill awhile only to be compensated later. Makes lots of sense.
Arizona has been refunded the money it sent to reopen the Grand Canyon during the partial government shutdown but that wasn’t used.
The state paid the National Park Service $651,000 to keep the popular tourist destination open for a week. Federal lawmakers reached an agreement on the budget before those seven days were up.
A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer says Arizona received a refund of $186,000 on Friday. That money was divided between the state tourism office and the town of Tusayan.
The spokesman, Andrew Wilder, says Arizona will seek support from its congressional delegation to be reimbursed for the remaining $465,000.
Brewer had committed enough money to keep the Grand Canyon open for another nine days, but it wasn’t needed.
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Photo Credit: Rafting companies that do business in the Grand Canyon National Park have lost sizable parts of their business during the government shutdown of the park, during what is normally the time of year they start to turn a profit. John Dille / Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association/MCT
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