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Parks shutdown costly to Arizona

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Parks shutdown costly to Arizona

By Greg Gurule. CREATED Mar 4, 2014

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.