Several states have come up with a novel idea to keep the National Parks in their states open. They are paying the Department of Interior to come back to work. Among them are Utah, New York and Arizona. But several are missing from the plan. Yosemite for one. If the Grand Canyon can be reopened why not Yosemite? Both are geographically huge. Both draw millions each year. Both have dependent economies just outside the gate.
The problem is that California is broke. The state has no funds to reimburse the DOI. However, somehow the state, run by Governor Jerry Brown, can finance a supertrain to the tune of $62 Billion. That is no typo Billion with a “B.” A train no one wants. One study shows that if everyone who would ever ride the train were given air fare between LA and SF, it would be way cheaper than building this train through choice farmland in the Central Valley.
Here’s another perspective on the government shutdown. All Park Service employees will be given back pay for the time they were furloughed. So what does Ranger Rick do now? A “paid” vacation on the beaches of Maui? Since they will be paid anyway – why don’t they come back to work? Are we trying to prove a point here or what? Make things hard on citizens.
How about all the park overs who paid $80 for an all-park inclusive pass. Refunds coming their way? I doubt it. You tell me. Let them eat cake.