Kansas Senate Panel Rejects Governor's Plan For Free Parks

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate budget committee has rejected a plan allowing Kansans to use state parks for free.

The plan came from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who included it in her proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The state would have set aside $1.6 million in general tax revenues to make up for the lost fees.

Last year, the state cut admission fees to its 24 parks for Kansans in half, to $4.20 per vehicle. The change was designed to increase their use.

But some senators want to wait another year to see how the policy is working and worry that allowing people in for free will lead to more crime.

The committee approved a budget Friday for the Department of Wildlife and Parks that doesn't include the governor's plan.

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