This morning, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed her frustration with the National Park Service’s handling of their mulit-billion dollar maintenance backlog, during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “Mr. Chairman, I do believe that we’re taking a very important step with today’s hearing in starting this discussion about we’re going to pay down National Park Service’s maintenance backlog, which the park services estimates at approximates at approximately $13 billion. Now I’d like to be clear right away, I don’t think this is an issue that should be solved through additional federal funding. We all know around there that we’re facing a very serious fiscal situation, so we’ve got to be looking at look at new and I think alternative ways to find funding for the park system, and also to really reassess, reevaluate our current funding priorities.”
Murkowski also discussed problems facing individuals and groups wishing to donate to the NPS, as well as the current recreational fee structure, which she feels is inequitable across the National Park System.