March 4, 2013
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement concerning cuts to Yellowstone Park and his conversation with National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.
“I called Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk last week about how the sequester (budget cuts) would affect the park. He is one of the most knowledgeable superintendents I’ve talked to in my 16 years in the Senate. I was pleased that he was prepared with budget numbers and seemed to be looking to minimize the impact on tourism as much as possible instead of looking to close campgrounds, (which generate revenue), visitor centers, and other high profile items. I hope he follows through and I was pleased to hear he was also talking with gateway community mayors and Governor Mead. I'm sure they all have some good ideas on how Yellowstone can tighten its budget with the least impact.”
“The budget for Yellowstone in 2010 was about $37 million. Now it's about $35 million per year and they are being asked to cut $1.75 million. Cuts from the sequester to the overall federal budget are only 2-5 percent for most areas of the federal budget and are more for the military. Any cut is painful, but we cannot continue business as usual exponential spending increases and debt. That will wreak havoc on our country.”