Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017
The Department of Tourism and Recreation cited the most horrible instance which would cause closure of 16 state parks and bring the famous Oklahoma Today Magazine to final closing when asked by the legislature that how the agency would deal with 14.5 percentage budget cut. However, tourism officials are hoping that it stays hypothetical.
2½ days were given to the Tourism Department by the state House of Representatives in order to respond to explore one option to help budget shortfall and possibly help in fund raising for various public school teachers, as confirmed by the officials on Tuesday.
This would cause a slash $2.5 million from an agency that has already witnessed 38 percent reduction in state funding from 2009 onward. The Executive Director Dick Dutton in one of his recent emails to the tourism employees says, ‘’ Needless to say. There are no easy reductions left.’’ Number of visitors each of the parks receives and the amount of profit it reaps are taken into consideration in an internal review process which includes Lake Eufaula, Osage Hills state parks and Grand Cherokee Golf Course among others. After serving six decades in print media, Oklahoma Today would stop its publishing as well.