Pennsylvania declines federal government's offer to fund national park re-openings

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Published: Oct 10 2013 03:18:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2013 03:34:41 PM EDT
Valley Forge Park closed sign - shutdown
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's office said it doesn't have the money to reopen national parks as it uses the little free cash it has to keep social services programs running amid a partial federal government shutdown.

Corbett's spokesman, Jay Pagni, was responding to the Obama administration saying Thursday that it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks.

The administration's goal amid the protracted federal shutdown is to maintain vital services for children and families, Pagni said.

Pagni said the Corbett administration recognizes tourism brings money into local economies, but he noted that the state doesn't have the cash to reopen parks while it puts off payments to social services providers and backfills missing federal dollars to keep programs running.