TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Arizona was one of the states hit hard by the the government shutdown last fall that resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks. The White House says it cost the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost tourist spending.
A report released Monday said five states, including Arizona and California, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown. A half dozen states got permission to reopen national parks within their borders using state money. The report said those states generated nearly $10 in visitor spending for every dollar spent.
A bill is sitting in Congress to reimburse those states.