JTNP: Hoodwinked by the National Park Service proposed fees?

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A trending issues in the Morongo Basin and beyond is the federal government’s solicitation to spike national park entry and camping fees beyond the reach of ordinary people.

What is also trending in our area is the belief that this is the last resort, that there are no other alternatives.

Our country has a history of equality that protect the public against oppressive government measures. Don’t be hoodwinked into favoring these oppressive proposed park taxes.


A bill known as the The National Park Service Legacy Act of 2017 would establish a dedicated park maintenance fund, and provide for the National Park Service Legacy Restoration to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, and for other purposes.

At the beginning of each applicable fiscal year, There shall be deposited in the Fund from mineral revenues due and payable to the United States that are not otherwise credited, covered, or Deposited under Federal law.

“(1) $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018, 2019, and
(2) $150,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021, 2022, and
(3) $250,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2024, 2025, and
2026; and
(4) $500,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2027 through

Status: Introduced on May 22, 2017. This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process.

Our city and town councils in the Morongo Basin are too timid to take a stand on behalf of the extreme depressed communities and middle-class families they represent.

Both councils haven’t the motivation, consciousness or will to protect the threatened tourist base.  These elected officials have misplaced the ability and commitment to actual  advocate on behalf of all of the public.

All to often those well-intended local elected officials that have lived here for 30-years have become part of the problem. They are out-of-touch with the community.

Congress helped establish national parks for the American people, and it’s up to Congress to pay for the backlog. These exorbitant entry and camping charges are the greatest ever in the history of the National Park Service.

Some fees could result in a 300 percent increase.

The proposed increases are morally unconscionable because — as the California Attorney has stated — the proposed increases will create a national park for only “the wealthy”.

The California Department of Justice and many other state AG’s are fighting this on behalf of the public they represent.

The stringent proposed increases will affect not only depressed families and children but they will also impact on middle-class families. The park will become a exclusive club for the well-heeled.

California Wage Earners work four (4) months just to pay taxes. The National Tax Foundation reports that in 2016, Americans paid $3.34 trillion in federal taxes and $1.64 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.99 trillion in taxes to help protect our national parks that — we find beyond belief beautiful.

Fact is that we are already paying exorbitant taxes to pay for maintaining national parks.

Agency officials have extended the public comment period on the fee raise until Dec. 22. More than 65,000 comments have already been received. Link here to write a comment.


News & Opinion by branson hunter


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One Response to JTNP: Hoodwinked by the National Park Service proposed fees?

  1. larry briggs
    larry briggs November 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

    A million here, a million there and pretty soon we’re talking real money.


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