Government shutdown update: Grand Canyon costs to be reimbursed with interest

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ - Good news for the state of Arizona.

The money the state forked over to keep the Grand Canyon open will be reimbursed with interest.

The decision is part of the bill the President signed early Thursday morning to reopen the federal government and avert a disastrous default.

According to the plan, five states New York, South Dakota, Arizona, Utah and Colorado, which used their own funds to reopen national parks, will all be reimbursed.

Arizona has been paying $93,000 a day to keep the canyon open during the government shutdown, and we were prepared to keep spending through next week.

Governor Jan Brewer said it was money well spent.

Tourists typically spend about 2.5 million dollars a day at the canyon in October.


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