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Jackson Town Council Chastises Obama and Congress

October 11, 2013 State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Jackson Town Council yesterday sent official letters to Washington D.C. expressing concerns about how the closures of the national parks have been impacting the community’s economy.  In letters sent to President Obama, members of Wyoming’s congressional delegation and other congressional leaders, the town council pointed to the community’s investment in the development of fall tourism that has been wasted due to the closures. The letter points to scores of visitors who come from around the world to experience Grand Teton and Yellowstone who are cancelling their reservations.  In their letter, the town government charged, “Closing our national parks and monuments to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic is an extraordinary measure, beyond the norm of previous federal government shutdowns that is unnecessary and unreasonably hurtful.”  The letter goes on to point out that more than 300 of the valley’s residents employed by the federal government are out of work.  The letter concludes, “Please set aside ideological differences to keep these vital agencies running – if we were to shut down the Jackson government in a similar dispute, we would be run out of town and deservedly so.”

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