Alabama State Parks Could Suffer in Budget Changes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 

A plan by state lawmakers to trim Alabama’s budget would affect state parks. Officials say parks should be on the top of the list when budget cuts are required and that state officials should be looking for ways to make the parks self-sustaining. In a statement from Alabama State Parks Director Gregory Lein (LION) today, he says that on May 1st the system will implement an Emergency Operations Plan that will close several parks to address a net loss of funds under the legislature’s intent to transfer $11.4 million of funds from the Conservation Department budget for  2016. The transfer would be made to provide financial support for the state’s General Fund.  Governor Robert Bentley has threatened to veto any budget that contains massive cuts. Governor Bentley says Alabama needs to raise taxes instead. 

 

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