federal government shutdown

Courtesy of Congressman Jim Matheson

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson addressed members of the Utah House and Senate on Thursday.  For now, it is the lawmaker’s last visit to the Capitol as a member of the state congressional delegation.

Congressman Matheson began his speech in the Utah House describing a political atmosphere in Washington, DC that is so partisan that un ending gridlock is the status quo. He says voters are fed up a congress that can’t get work together.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he expects the federal government will reimburse the state for the money spent to keep its five National Parks open in the final days of the shutdown.

Dan Bammes

Utah’s national parks are re-opening today and they should be back in full operation by tomorrow morning, and Governor Gary Herbert hopes the state can save at least part of its peak tourist season.