Missouri is developing a proposal to reopen its national parks that have been closed since the federal government shutdown started Oct. 1.
Citing the “significant economic activity” that Missouri’s national parks generate, Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday afternoon that members of his administration have been asked to draft a proposal to reopen the parks. Governors in at least four other states had asked to reopen parks within their borders because of the economic impacts.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of the Interior said Friday there is “no agreement” between Missouri and the department and that the federal government does not plan to reimburse states that pay to reopen parks.