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Oregon State Parks Facing Budget Shortfall

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon’s state parks have started to reopen, but the agency that manages them is facing an estimated $22 million budget shortfall between now and next June amid the economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced Tuesday that it will lay off 47 full-time employees by June 30.

That’s in addition to the 338 seasonal staff that will not be rehired this year.

The layoffs will translate to reduced services at day-use sites and campgrounds across the state, including trash collection, restroom cleaning and maintenance.

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