Analysis: Dem, GOP plans for tackling NP maintenance backlog a study in contrasts
The National Park Service's nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog didn't materialize overnight, but rather has been growing for nearly two decades. It's been puzzled together by the need for the Park Service to care for all the buildings, roads, trails, and campgrounds within the system as well as address safety and health matters that can impact visitors and park employees. There currently are at least three proposals for tackling that backlog, each with its own unique nuances. Let's take a look at them.
* It was a year ago when U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, introduced their National Park Service Legacy Act, a 30-year plan to address the backlog. It would used congressional appropriations to address the backlog.