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Congressional Bill Aims To Clear Multi-Billion Dollar National Park Maintenance Backlog

A new bill in Congress aims to start working to clear the maintenance backlog at national parks; that backlog is currently estimated to be around $12 billion.

The bill, introduced by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah is also supported by the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona. It would allocate royalties from resource extraction on public lands toward making the needed repairs at the parks.

Kevin Dahl, Arizona senior program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association, joined The Show to talk about it.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.