BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The Louisiana House passed budget doesn't include any additional money for state parks. Thursday evening, the House passed a more than $24 billion budget, that made up for a massive shortfall, but doesn't help 40 state parks that saw their funding slashed.
Jacques Berry, a spokesman with Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne's office, which oversees state parks and tourism, said he understands the House passed budget is still a work in progress and not in its final form. He did affirm there is no additional money in that budget for state parks.
Earlier this year, 100 state park employees had to be laid off because of cuts in funding. While other state parks reduced their services and hours of operation, Fort Pike shut down indefinitely.
Berry said even if funding was approved for Fort Pike, he doesn't believe it could reopen because there are no positions left at the New Orleans East facility. He says they were eliminated in the cuts and that getting them reinstated is a big task.
The Louisiana Senate will now consider the House budget. House leaders say they hope to raise another $150 million dollars to help solve remaining budget issues.