Candidates for governor propose privatizing parks

Source: Associated Press, July 28, 2015

Kentucky’s two major nominees for governor said Tuesday the state should consider privatizing at least some of its public park system as a way to save money to deal with upcoming budget issues. …”We are not our best advocate for becoming the tourist destination we could be,” Republican nominee Matt Bevin said at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Louisville. “You know how many people drive through here on the way to somewhere else who don’t stop here? Too many. Frankly, our state parks are a little sad, some of them. That’s an area where frankly I think privatization could go a long way toward enhancing them, making them more of a destination that people would want to return to.” Kentucky has 49 state parks and spends about $83 million a year maintaining them, according to the most recently approved budget. They include resorts with restaurants and hotels and recreational parks with camp sites and picnic shelters.