Originally Posted by restrac2000
I am not sure I understand what Tom expects from the Governor on this one. They have a rainy day fund but how long would that help the Park, I guessing not long. On top of it, why should a state send its tax money to a federal resource?
The income generated for the state by the tourists from all over the world helps everyone in that area of the state, and last time the feds paid Arizona back when they re-opened. Making this expenditure to maintain continuity at the Grande Canyon and ensure folks from all over the world they aren't wasting their time coming to Arizona is almost certain to show a positive return on investment in state sales tax from the tourists, and then get paid back by the feds. The only reason against doing the same thing Az did last time is to make more people suffer due to the shutdown to help make some kind of stupid point. Fiscal math says fund the park, it produces revenue, period.
None of them give a crap about their constituents, other than to manipulate them.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm glad I don't have a permit to launch Lees Ferry tomorrow!
If they don't fix this issue I'd love to see people pile up every day as launches are denied. Hey guess what - we can camp here on public land until you re-open, or for at least 3-4 weeks. We have food, camps, toilets - we're good, apparently gonna spend our vacation camping here, thanks...