Bill creates contingency plan for keeping national parks open

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  • drich Green River, Utah
    March 9, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    Maybe we need a contingency fund to help out our
    Struggling rural state parks.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 9, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    There is no need for such a plan.

    After all, the federal government already has laws on the books mandating that the RPesident submit a Budget n February, and Congress pass a budget and the necessary appropriations bills before the start of a fiscal year on October 1st each year.

    Of course, the President since 2009 and the Congress for at least a decade simply ignore their own laws and do not take budgeting and appropriations seriously. SO, we have now been without a Congressionally passed budget for several years, and appropriations have almost always been taken care of by a last minute "continuing resolution" instead of actually making hard choices.

    What is needed is refuse to re-elect any politician who fails to do their job, and to impeach those who remain in office having failed to do their job.

    Demand those remaining to defund rogue agencies that try to bar access to public land and facilities.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    March 8, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    The underlying message with this law is that if the GOP takes more seats in Washington this fall, the risk of more government shutdowns (along with the economic havoc for Utah) increases. So what are we doing? Trying to protect ourselves from Mike Lee and other GOP politicians that we elected who are itching to shut the nation down again?

    I'm afraid this will simply embolden TEA partiers to seek ways to shut the government down again as the cost of their antics will be picked up by the states.


  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 8, 2014 3:03 a.m.

    Contingency plan is unconstitutional and will never be acknowledged by the federal government. Some representative or labor union in Washington or Utah might also have some contingency plans to prevent states from bribing should they become financially unstable or insolvent. The governor is suffering from delusional psychotic episodes and unfit to serve any longer and should resign.

    By state and federal law the state cannot assume the federal liabilities and jobs for any reason. Once the state takes over federal agency's the state will think it can write and enact laws to benefit the state? Its a hope that will not happen and any contingency plans will be useless and illegal. The state will be obligated to pay union wages to park workers and paying federal wages out of state taxes is illegal breach of labor laws.

    The governor better get over this idea that he can jump in with our tax dollars to bail out federal jobs. The contingency plans should be to put more farm industry and assembly plants in these low population county's with some year round jobs independent of tourism which are low return high risk ventures.