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National Parks Hit Hard by Spending Cuts
Written by Bruce Ferrell   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:16

RALEIGH - Federal budget cuts mean you may have to revise those summer vacation plans. The sequester is leading to some closures and cutbacks on services offered at places like the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains.

That's because the National Park Service is among the areas that got hit with the automatic spending cuts that began to take effect this month. Don Barger with the National Parks Conservation Association says the impact will be felt since there was little-to-no wiggle room before.

 

"When paying for staff and fixed costs take up about 90% of your budget and you get a cut of 9% of your spending authority for the next six months, you don't get a lot of choices."

Overall, the National Park system is said to support 250,000 jobs in the country, with an annual economic impact of 30-billion dollars.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 19:00
 
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