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Government Shutdown: Wisconsin Governor Walker Refuses To Close Federal Parks

Government shutdown: Wisconsin governor Walker refuses to close public parks

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is defying orders from the National Park Service to close federally funded parks in the wake of the government shutdown.

The Hill is reporting the Republican governor has instructed the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to keep open parks which receive the majority of their money from the government.

The decision was prompted after the Fish and Wildlife service placed barricades in a Mississippi River boat launch which sits on federal land.

However, the barricades were removed on grounds of an old agreement between the state and the federal government, according to state officials.

Cathy Stepp secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, told agency employees in an email obtained by Fox News:

We respect the magnitude of the process the federal government has had to undertake to close its properties and certain activities on properties they own and manage.

However, after close review and legal consult, [the Department of Natural Resources] has clarified areas where the federal procedures are over-reaching by ordering the closure of properties where the state has management authority through existing agreements.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency within the Department of Interior and is charged with enforcing Federal Wildlife laws, in this case follow the directives stipulated due to the partial government shutdown.

Officials said Wisconsin will not fully follow the Fish and Wildlife Service regulation to prohibit fishing and hunting on federal lands while the shutdown remains in place.

Governor Walker, who might have Presidential aspirations on the 2016 elections recently commented on the government shutdown saying:

“Blame can go around for everybody,” Walker, a GOP leader contemplating a presidential bid, said recently when asked about the shutdown. “The best way to resolve it? Just look at what we did in Wisconsin. We had a $3.6 billion budget deficit. We now have more than half a billion surplus.”

Some are asking the feds to allow state and private funding to keep public parks open in their states. In Wisconsin, governor Walker is taking matters into his own hands and despite the government shutdown, he is finding a way not to disrupt citizen’s right to visit state parks.

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4 Responses to “Government Shutdown: Wisconsin Governor Walker Refuses To Close Federal Parks”

  1. Ron Perrott

    Who is this idiot governor to defy federal law. Below is what one lady thinks of these stupid politicions and our money.

    Alan Simpson, the Senator from Wyoming calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.
    "Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight!!!
    1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FIFTY YEARS.

    2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

    3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.

    4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your "shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

    5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now "you morons" propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because "you idiots" mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money

    6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you "incompetent bastards" spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.
    To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" to your incompetence.

    1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

    2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

    3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

    4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

    It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.

    And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed, leech. That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it. And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

    P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits "entitlements". WHAT AN INSULT!!!!

    I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years “It's my money”-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks .

  2. Douglas Larsen

    maybe you should research before you say such dumb stuff as a comment… Article [X]
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

  3. Steve Harper

    don't like this anti labor piece of ovomit ball sukin dog shit but nice move, now lets see if it's all bark n no bite