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September 19, 2000 - TEXAS PARKS FACE MAINTENANCE BACKLOGS & BUDGET CUTS

Gov. Bush Throwing Stones from a "Glass Park"

Click here for details and documents on Texas state park funding backlogs and budget cuts.

Austin...The park budget for the State of Texas is lower than it was in 1983 leaving state parks unable to afford long overdue safety and sanitary improvements, according to public records released by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Last week, during a major environmental policy address delivered in Monroe, Washington, Gov. Bush decried the backlog in needed maintenance within the National Park System.

In Texas, however, Gov. Bush blocked efforts to increase park revenues, leaving a staggering backlog of $186 million in unfunded park maintenance work. Texas ranks near the bottom of states in a ranking by level of park expenditures.

"Executives who live in glass parks shouldn't throw stones because they have no money to sweep up the shards," commented PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch.


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