Fri October 11, 2013
Gov: State Funds Won’t Be Used To Reopen National Parks During Shutdown
State funds won’t be used to reopen national parks in Georgia during the partial shutdown of the federal government, according to the Governor’s Office.
"That is a non-budgeted expense and it’s well beyond what our emergency supply funds would provide for," said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.
Among the impacted include the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park.
The White House said Thursday states can use their own money to reopen national parks. Governors in Utah, Colorado, South Dakota and Arizona have shown interest. Robinson said Georgia hasn't.
"With the possibility of the debt limit not being increased, we’re looking also at severe cuts even in entitlement programs coming up so we’re not in a place to be backfilling federal programs at this juncture. We simply do not have that money."
Robinson reminded Georgians that state parks remain open.
Closed Due to Shutdown:
- Andersonville National Historic Site
- Appalachian Trail (National Scenic Trail)
- Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
- Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
- Cumberland Island National Seashore
- Fort Frederica National Monument
- Fort Pulaski National Monument
- Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
- Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
- Ocmulgee National Monument
- Trail of Tears National Historic Trail