"Park Service Memo Reveals Depth of Budget Cuts"

"The effects of the so-called sequestration budget cuts on the federal government are revealed in a Jan. 25 memo to National Park Service staff written by Park Service Director Jon Jarvis."

"The memo, obtained by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, instructs park superintendents to begin making cuts immediately to meet the $110 million target for the agency that has a $2.2 billion annual budget. The National Park Service, like most federal agencies, has already cut its budget by 6 percent over the last two years since Congress nearly shut the government down in 2011, when House Republicans used the debt ceiling to hold Democrats hostage.

The sequestration cuts will go into effect March 1 if Congress is unable to cut a deal, which is expected to have an especially hard impact on Idaho which gets far more federal funds than it pays out in taxes."

The Idaho Statesman had the story February 4, 2013.

Source: Idaho Statesman, 02/05/2013