I arrived at Zion Monday, where my family comes every October for a week's
vacation. I'm grateful the governor and then the state legislature of Utah
reached an agreement to fund the national parks during the shutdown. They made
it possible, at the last moment, for us to keep our reservation and contribute
to the local economy of Southern Utah (we lost out on a couple of days at the
North Rim due to the shutdown). As I talk to some of the people in the area
around the park who lost pay and income during the shutdown (and who won't
receive back pay or compensation, unlike the government employees), it's
clear to me how important it is that we as a nation avoid a repeat of this mess.
I read that S&P estimates that $24 billion was lost to the national economy
due to the shutdown. Utah, I love the natural beauty of your state, and I hope
your voters will hold your congressional representatives accountable for the
role they played in causing the shutdown to begin with, especially Senator Lee,
who was one of the chief instigators. Enough is enough.
By the way, I also wanted to thank the Deseret staff for covering the issue of
state funding for the Utah parks over the past week-plus. As we weighed our
plans (and while the fate of our reservation was up in the air), it was most
helpful to have some on-the-ground news from Utah!
Seven million buys a lot of dinners at the cafes. Should let them split a
million and save six.
Good job, Utah state! In the future, lets not elect representatives that will
shut down the federal government. Lets build together not destroy what we have
built in the past.