SD Governor Mulling Fed Offer on Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is considering the federal government’s offer to let states use their own money to reopen some national parks like Mount Rushmore National Memorial that have been closed because of the government shutdown.

But Daugaard’s chief of staff, Dusty Johnson, says the governor first has to see federal estimates of how much it would cost to keep Mount Rushmore open in the Black Hills.

Daugaard earlier offered to use state employees to keep Mount Rushmore open. But Johnson says the federal government is only offering to let the state pay for having federal employees go back to work at the mountain carving of four presidents.

Johnson says the governor is open-minded toward the federal offer and is pleased federal officials are considering working with the state.

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