"Senate Majority Committed To Saving Our Parks," says a press release that landed in my inbox about an hour ago.
Today, the Senate Majority and advocates stood together in support of State Parks.
On Monday, the Majority Conference unanimously voted for a budget resolution which restored all $11.5 million of the Governor’s budget cuts to parks operations. If enacted, the cut would have resulted in the closure of 57 State Parks and reduced operations at an additional 22 State Parks.
The use of parks for recreational activities generates $1.9 billion in revenue, five times the agency’s total budget. The closure of these parks would have a devastating effect on small businesses, restaurants, and other economic engines in communities who are largely based around the tourism revenue generated by these parks.
Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson said, “State Parks are part of our history and our future. They are the economic engine that drives our tourism industry. We need a fair and responsible budget, and cutting our parks is neither a fair or responsible solution to the fiscal crisis. While Senate Republicans claim they support our parks, but refuse to vote for them, the Senate Majority kept its promise to our parks and the families who enjoy them.”
You know, we think closing the parks (whatever that means/entails) is a pretty dumb move, economically and socially. So we're glad to see that the majority seems to agree.
The rest of the press release, jam-packed with quotes, after the jump.