State parks on block for budget cuts


A plan by state lawmakers to trim Alabama’s budget would affect state parks.

State Rep. Joe Faust told WKRG-TV that parks should be on the top of the list when budget cuts are required. He said state officials should be looking for ways to make the parks self-sustaining.

Park Director Lisa Larraway said the budget cuts would not close Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. It is one of five facilities in the 22-park system that make a profit. But Larraway said the deep financial cuts would still be felt.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has threatened to veto any budget that contains massive cuts. He has said Alabama needs to raise taxes instead.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.