State Parks director seeks more funding
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PHOENIX (AP) - The state's park system director is asking Gov. Jan Brewer to support boosting his agency's current $21 million budget by more than $15 million next year.
Parks Director Bryan Martyn tells the Arizona Republic his agency has "critical funding issues" and needs the cash for capital projects, operations and staff.
Martyn is former Pinal County supervisor and self-described fiscal conservative who took over the department May 1. He says the department is like a car going 100 mph on bald tires and needs the money.
Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson says she will weigh the request like any other.
Martyn says improvements he wants include electrifying Catalina State Park campsites and adding launch ramps at Lake Havasu State Park. He also wants to maintain raises workers got this year.
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