Government shutdown hit Utah tourism for $30M

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  • usgovtshutdown Oregon City, OR
    Oct. 26, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Halloween is next week, so why not visit Goblin Valley State Park in UT. The landscape is said to be surreal.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    Baron Scarpia; it is a go, and now there is almost nothing like full time employement, because companies can't afford the ACA mandate for healthcare for full time employees. they then hire only part time. sounds like this is either what the administration had in mind, or they were completely clueless. well they passed it, and now we're finding out what's in it.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Oct. 25, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    Ha! A drop in the bucket compared to what this bloated Federal government costs us in unnecessary taxes. Mike Lee is one of the FEW people in Washington that recognizes what this country is becoming and where it is going (in the dump!). Just wait until "Obamacare" gets fully implemented (hopefully, it never will).

    Mike Lee for President!

  • leavingRparty boise, ID
    Oct. 25, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Consider the comment, "peace at any price", which is spewed by the weak and timid. Could the issue discussed here be considered under this comment?: "profit at any cost"....? Those advocating Obamacare, and the timid way rhinos both in office and out, are hiding behind it, have not realistically considered the final cost of that, and every pocket will feel the pinch. Nor do they understand what is the agenda behind it. Either $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ where the powerful and wealthy in Utah get more power and wealth or -$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ where the middle class disappears completely in Utah, seems to drive low information votes and comments.

  • Iancook Nevada, MO
    Oct. 25, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    Thanks Republicans.

  • uwishtoo MESA, AZ
    Oct. 25, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Oh bull. How did it cost them anything to merely go back to doing regular business?

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Send the bill to Obama. He will be able to find 30 million dollars in the petty cash drawer of our 17 trillion in borrowed money.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 5:47 a.m.

    To the left wing, its time that Utah drop its dependence on federal aid and become independent self sustaining industrious. The shutdown was a preplanned event created by Obama as a tool to punish americans and blame the GOP for what Obama did. It was an orchestrated national chaos by the Obama administration, not our congressmen or senators. Obama had this orchestrated to discredit the republicans and it seems the low information left wing puppets believed another lie.

    I don't think tourist industry makes $30 million a year. This article is including the $10+ million that Herbert gifted the interior department to open the gates. With his contacts with the presidents office the Governor should have contacted the president Obama to accept the terms and conditions of the constitution budget and finance to avoid actions to punish us. The Governor has to take all the credit for losses and incompetence.

    This is an exaggeration of lies and its an eye opener for these park counties to get more demanding and invloved in the distribution of year round jobs and business Herbert and UTA are earmarking to stay in northern counties.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Oct. 24, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    the Truth: I think they must just be listing to the msm and don't dig any further.
    Of course the park service was told to make things hurt! The park people have admitted it.
    So, it was OK to hurt our 2nd WW vets who had 1 chance to see the memorial and they had to
    take down the fence to get in. Come if you haven't been there, it's open air - there are no gates, nothing you have to go thru to get in, you just walk through it.
    What kind of a president would make sure they couldn't get in?
    What kind of a president would dishonor the men who are dying every day and may never get a chance to see it?
    Any president who honors our men and women would be over there tearing down the fence himself. Of course he ordered it. It took more money to close it than it did to leave it as it was.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Thanks for nothing Mike!

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Let's get it right:

    the Obama directed shutdown,

    Obama and the democrats refused to compromise.

    Obama picked things to shutdown, and directed federal employees to make painful things happen, to cause the most pain on the American people.

    Obama is the most callous president we have ever had.

  • HBZion Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    We need a do no harm policy from our representatives. A pledge not to shut down government.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    Obama didn't tell anyone to make things worse. The parks were shut down because Congress didn't authorize any spending on them. That's what a shut down involves. What did you think shutting down the gov't entailed?

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    Baron Scarpia brought up business and so my comment goes along with it.
    Did you know that the CEO's of many insurance companies were summoned to the White House for a meeting, they thought with the president to discuss the problems with health care roll out? When they got there, they found that they were meeting with Valerie Jarrett.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    A good reason to become as independent of the Federal Government as possible. Let the states run the parks.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Any expense due to the Harry-Barry "shutdown" (slowdown) is pin money compared to what it's going to cost us for the "Affordable" Care Act. When this thing is done wreaking havoc on the country and it's working/taxpaying citizens, we'll be lucky if we've even a shadow of what we are today, let alone what we used to be. Interesting to note that the "shutdown" signs were up overnight, and anyone who's ever dealt with the Federal government knows it takes many weeks to get anything like these signs manufactured. So, evidently it was pre-planned by those who hope to profit from it most. And, since they have most of the media well-trained now, Americans are still blaming "those darn Republicans" for the "shutdown." Amazing.

  • phalls South Weber, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    Lee and Hatch.. Great pair. Too bad Hatch is retiring (finally). He would most likely be reelected...AGAIN. Hopefully Americans will stop being so forgetful come election time!

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    This is impossible. The government doesn't create wealth or jobs. It cost nothing Utah to shut down the government and not spend money.

  • Thoughtful Voter Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    It's too bad the inaccurate narrative was so expertly spun by our own Senator Hatch and many other opportunist politicians in DC. The reason that the only sector of the economy that was much affected by the 10-day shutdown was tourism is because tourism should never have been affected and so there wasn't a way to provide for important contingencies like Congress did for WIC, soldier pay, etc. The national parks haven't previously been treated like lifeguarded beaches where nobody is allowed in if the paid lifeguard isn't babysitting. That twist was made out of spite. And especially it was crazy to *spend* money during a budget halt on buying and installing barricades and harassing tourists with extra police. Senator Lee, to his credit, pointed this out. But oddly - for this naieve Utahn at least -- even local Utah media hardly gave that fact any notice (focusing instead on the alleged dire [manufactured] emergency]. Most disappointingly, Senator Hatch didn't say a word in disapproval. He showed *no* leadership, was apparently complicit with the spiteful lawbreaking by the parks orders, and then basked in undeserved accolades afterwards. It makes no sense at all!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    Thanks to the mad hatters and Boeners power grabbing rule change, this is what Utah gets.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    The GOP needs to get back to its roots -- the party of business and opportunity. Decisions need to focus on "how do actions impact the economic prosperity of Americans?" -- not, what can we do to hurt Obama and ObamaCare to send the nation's economy into a tailspin. The constant uncertainty that the GOP brings the country is what really makes it hard for businesses to make decisions.

    ObamaCare was passed in Congress. It was upheld in the courts. It was re-affirmed with the re-election of Obama. It is time for the GOP to move on to find its own landmark legislation to make a difference in the lives of Americans and the nation's future.

    Businesses need to know ObamaCare is "a go" so that they can make decisions. Businesses shouldn't be worried about the next likely economic crises looming after the first of the year that prevents them from hiring and investing. The GOP should be the party of stability and predictability -- not a loose cannon that hurts business and workers.

    Good luck!

  • mcdugall Murray, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Thanks Mike Lee for costing UT taxpayers and businesses 30+ million dollars. Keep up the self-destructive work.

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Ruby Inn lost $2 Million because of a 16-day shutdown? Wow...wonder what their annual income is?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Someone should ask Obama why he told government employees to, "Make this shut down as miserable as possible for Americans." Never mind, Obama would just blame the GOP, again.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    It's what we wanted. It's what we got. It's what we should give our heads a shake for if we consider it again.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Oct. 24, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    Consulting Utah's Mike Lee might be the way to find an answer to these monetary woes.
    He has some history in working with personal debt.
    He may know someone who knows someone....