state parks cuts http://apr.org en Budget Squeeze Still Threatening State Parks http://apr.org/post/budget-squeeze-still-threatening-state-parks <P>Alabama State Parks is considering a "state parks pass" for vehicles in response to a tight 2013 budget.</P> <P>Without additional funding, Greg Lein, director of Alabama State Parks, says there could be layoffs and partial seasonal closures of some parks and golf courses. Lein says decisions on which operations could be affected will be made on a month-by-month basis.</P> <P>Lein says his department is exploring the possibility of following other states and the federal government in offering park visitors annual vehicles passes that would cover certain fees. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:01:40 +0000 The Associated Press 28590 at http://apr.org Budget Squeeze Still Threatening State Parks Cuts To State Park Operations May Be Ahead http://apr.org/post/cuts-state-park-operations-may-be-ahead <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN>The state conservation department says it may eliminate some services and cut back hours of operation at state parks across Alabama.</P> <P>The department's state parks director, Gregory Lien, has written a letter to community leaders explaining the circumstances.</P> <P>Parks officials said the possible cuts stem from pending legislation that would divert $5 million in tax revenue that has been used in prior years to support the parks. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:38:09 +0000 The Associated Press 27423 at http://apr.org Cuts To State Park Operations May Be Ahead