House votes to boost state park funding by 43.5 percent

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa House has approved a budget plan for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that would provide an extra two million dollars for operations and maintenance of state parks. Republican Representative Norlin Mommsen of DeWitt says without the boost, some state parks might have to close.

Mommssen says he often visits state parks, including Maquoketa Caves State Park which is near his home.

Democrats in the House say the parks do need upgrades, but they complained the extra money for the parks was coming at the expense of other state environmental programs.

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