State Parks Crisis
While supporters of parks nationwide watch in disbelief as California, beset by huge budget deficits, makes plans to close up to 70 of its 278 state parks by the end of June, its neighbor to the north, Washington State, may be next in line. The Evergreen State is similarly facing a structural budget crisis, the result of large, long-term deficits coupled with a generally flat economy. As a result, state parks along with all other state services that are funded by general tax funds, are suffering.
As of Jan 1, Washington had issued new notices to 160 state park employees informing them of the possible termination of their positions or reduction to part-time status (with loss of benefits). This personnel....
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