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Tue December 16, 2008
Tourism To Feel Pinch Of Budget Cuts
By Kentucky Public Radio
Frankfort, KY – Most state agencies will see four-percent cuts under Governor Beshear's budget-balancing plan, including the Department of Travel. And that could mean the department will have to reduce hours and close all eight welcome centers two days a week, says Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow. "I think it will have a fairly significant effect, because they're the frontline. They're the people who five information on lodging and restaurants and attractions that people may see and in some cases they give our emergency information and help the traveling public."
The cuts will also impact funding for the arts, staffing at the Kentucky Heritage Council and operating hours at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort. Secretary Sparrow does not believe the cuts will require closure of any state parks, but says if the situation grows worse, that could change.