Yellowstone’s Sequester Cuts Ain’t PrettyBy Michael Frank on March 12th, 2013
Mandatory sequester cuts kicked in three days before the plows were to start clearing snow from Yellowstone National Park’s hundreds of roads. For one of the nation’s most beloved parks, that means slashing $1.8 million, and Superintendent Dan Wenk has to consider his options, none of them good. Ironically Cynthia Lumis, Wyoming’s lone House member who has said publicly that the cuts are a good thing, suggested Wenk solve his problem by lobbying Congress — right, that he lobby the body of representatives of which she is a part. Never mind that it’s her job to represent Wyoming, not Wenk’s. Anyway, at least so far Wenk chose the least painful option of all the painful options. Rather than lay off seasonal rangers (possibly endangering visitors) or closing the park early, which would deny visitors in prime season, he’s delayed the snowplows, saving $30,000 a day. If the park opens late, that’s the softest blow. So far. Via Washington Post.
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