Ten days after the partial shutdown of the federal government shuttered the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and other national parks, the Obama administration has offered to let states foot the bill to reopen parks within their borders. However Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has no plans to spend state money to reopen any of the national parks in California.
H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the governor’s finance department, said the state’s budget was balanced narrowly this year, with a small reserve, and there’s no guarantee the state would be reimbursed. It also does not want to be in the position of deciding which national parks would reopen and which would remain closed.