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By Zoey Palmer
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

State parks’ funding salvation


Officials at Washington State Parks are observing the system’s 100th birthday this year, but some have warned that, after over a decade of budget cuts, the state’s 138 parks are in danger of serious operations reductions if the system’s funding problems aren’t solved.

According to parks officials, the costs of a large budget shortfall could include staff layoffs, visitor services cuts, less reliable law enforcement and maintenance delays.

The first in a series of bills by Sen. Kirk Pearson (R-39th District, Monroe) intended to address the enormous shortfall in parks funding, SB 5575 would use money raised by an existing litter tax to fund parks maintenance, and redirect some grant...

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