Susan Flader: State parks under legislative attack | Columns | joplinglobe.com

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Missouri State Parks kicked off its 2017 centennial April 9 with a special exhibition in the Capitol rotunda. But State Rep. Robert Ross, R-Houston, and a few others are casting a dark shadow over the yearlong celebration of one of the best state park systems in the country. State parks have been under attack in the Legislature this session, and they need your help.

More than a dozen bills would do real damage to existing parks, hobble the acquisition of new parkland and in the process hurt the residents and local economies of Missouri. That is on top of the massive damage already inflicted this past May, when the General Assembly removed $40 million for infrastructure rehabilitation in parks statewide from the first major bond issue for state buildings since the mid-1980s and refused to re-appropriate another $15 million previously authorized.

MoBikeFed comment: This article gives some helpful context to this year's legislative session, where bicycling and the Katy Trail have seemingly been under attack.

The article helps explain who is proposing these initiatives and why.

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