Ariz. gov rejected in offer to reopen Grand Canyon

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's Republican leaders, known for picking fights with the federal government, are seething again now that the Grand Canyon is closed because of the budget crisis in Washington.

Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state's signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn't an option.

The shutdown that began Tuesday has led to furloughs for about 2,200 people who work at the Grand Canyon National Park and its hotels.

Many of those businesses also have offered to chip in to pay to reopen the park.

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