A newly signed bill will provide $9.5 billion to revitalize the U.S. National Park System.
The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law during a signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. The act will put billions of dollars towards the parks system’s deferred maintenance backlog, which has grown to $12 billion over the past 30 years.
- Makeover. The law provides much-needed funding for building renovation, new water systems, and other infrastructural improvements.
- For the People. Experts say funding is also likely to go towards expanded parking, improved campgrounds, better employee housing, and even park expansion.
How does it affect my wallet?
Interior Secretary David Berngardt says the influx of cash “will be the cornerstone of the National Park Service over the next century.” That’s good news for you, your kids, and even your grandkids. Open space is at a premium these days, so protecting national parks is more important than ever.
Between seemingly endless political bickering and depressing stories, many Americans are getting tired of bad news. It’s nice to see something positive come out of Washington for a change and, right or left, we can all agree on that.
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