Home » Grand Teton National Park »Greater Yellowstone »State of Wyoming » Currently Reading:

Sec. Jewell Defends Interior Department Budget

Jewell

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told reporters yesterday that the activities of the Department of Interior contributed $371-billion to the US economy in 2012 and supported 2.3-million jobs in such activities as outdoor recreation and tourism, energy development and grazing and timber harvest.  However, she quickly points out that there is a movement afoot in Congress to cut funding to the department which she says would jeopardize the department’s operations. She told reporters, such a proposal doesn’t make sense.  She says the President has proposed an $11.9-billion budget to support the department’s mission in 2014.  She points out that when one considers that in 2012 took in $13.7-billion in receipts, Interior is one of the few agencies that actually generate more income than it spends.  Says Jewell: “When you think about it this way, it’s penny-wise and pound-foolish to require budget cuts that force the department to reduce activities that support our nation’s economy and create jobs.”  Jewell says the House is looking at cutting the President’s proposed budget for Interior by 12%. She says it would jeopardize the country’s investments in its parks, wildlife refuges, and protections for those places the people love most.  However, she adds that it would also completely eliminate the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  That fund, she points out, is used by states and local governments to provide access to such things as hunting and fishing, to protect civil war battlefields, provide ball fields and other areas for children to play, and to provide easements to keep working ranchlands working, and to protect important habitats for wildlife and endangered species. Jewell’s report shows Interior’s annual economic benefits to Wyoming include more than $24 ¾-billion dollars to the state’s local economy in its production of goods and services, and helps in a variety of ways to support nearly 128-thousand jobs.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Cool Temperatures And Widespread Rain Possible Throughout Wyoming - August 27, 2014
    An upper-level low pressure system will cross through the state of Wyoming today.  This weather system brings plenty of moisture to the region, which will make rain showers possible statewide.  The best chance for rain showers will be in southeastern parts of the state, but heavy rain and minor flooding is expected statewide.  Roads will […]
  • Forced to Become Better Blockers [AUDIO] - August 27, 2014
    Just how does a new offensive philosophy affect the wide receivers?  One position that the Wyoming Cowboys were deep at on the offensive side of the ball was wide receiver.  That’s because they were used to trotting out five wide-outs every snap, so the need for those players was essential.  Now that two, maybe three […]
  • Why can’t I find old-school camo? Wait, don’t answer that. - August 27, 2014
    Where did that good old, brown, tan and black camo pattern go? You know what I mean. The pattern duck and goose hunters used to wear all the time. It was just splotches of dark brown, light brown and a little bit of black. Big splotches. I’ve been complaining for years that you can’t find […]
  • Familiar With the Grizzlies Personnel [AUDIO] - August 26, 2014
    The Wyoming Cowboys much-anticipated opener of the Craig Bohl era is this Saturday in Laramie.  For the first time since 1997, the Cowboys play Montana, an FCS program out of the Big Sky Conference.  The Grizzlies come in as one of the top FCS teams in the country, ranked preseason #5.  They also return a […]

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin