Candidates for governor propose privatizing parks
LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) —
Kentucky's two major nominees for governor said Tuesday the state should consider privatizing at least some of its public parks as a way to save money to deal with upcoming budget issues.
Republican nominee Matt Bevin and Democratic nominee Jack Conway agreed the state's park system is decaying and private companies could do a better job of running the facilities and attracting tourists.
Kentucky has 49 state parks and spends about $83 million a year maintaining them, according to the most recently approved budget. Kentucky has several issues putting pressure on upcoming budgets, including a $14 billion unfunded liability in the teachers retirement system and paying for the expansion of the state Medicaid program.
The two candidates spoke to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in Louisville.