Mabery: Making contingency plans for sequester

Scotts Bluff National Monument Superintendent Ken Mabery says he is making contingency plans for the sequestration cuts that will take effect Friday, including possible employee reductions. Mabery says visitors wouldn't see many of the reductions until this summer, but they would include fewer seasonal employees and a drastic hit in interpretive programs.

Mabery believes the National Park Service is taking an unfair hit, noting a Michigan State University study showed for every dollar spent at the National Parks, there was a $10 benefit to private industry. Mabery says it is "a conundrum", knowing every agency will be asked to do something to reduce the national deficit.

Mabery says National Park Service employees have endured no raises for the last four years and there is some trepidation. But Mabery says even though they don't have much control of what happens, the employees don't want "things to go downhill on their watch."

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