Op-ed: 11 Billion reasons to raise park entry fees

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A massive backlog of repairs is needed in many of the national parks. The Center for Growth and Opportunity’s Josh Smith and Camille Harmer argue that the proposed fee hike is an appropriate way to raise funds to carry out these repairs. Opponents argue that increased fees will restrict poor families’ access to public lands, but the authors suggest that the structure of the fee continues to allow affordable access during much of the year.

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