HerbertUtah Governor Gary Herbert wrote a letter to President Obama offering to pay state funds to keep national parks in Utah open.

The White house agreed.

The SALT LAKE TRIBUNE reports, “Ten days after a federal government deadlock shut down Utah’s National Parks, bleeding tourism-dependent businesses and towns, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert inked a deal late Thursday and wired funds to the Interior Department that should have parks gates swinging open by Saturday morning.”

“Utah taxpayers will loan the federal government $1.7 million, enough to keep five National Parks — Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef — and Natural Bridges, Glen Canyon and Cedar Breaks national monuments open for 10 days. The Legislature, which will meet in special session Wednesday, can approve funds to keep the areas open beyond that time.”

Arches“The people who make their livelihood off tourism and travel, this is a Godsend for them. They’ve been decimated,” the governor said.  October is a busy tourist season, with $100 million in revenue earned in the period. The deal will ensure the parks are open during the upcoming Columbus Day weekend, as well as the fall recess for Utah schools.”

Which state will be next?


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