Idaho’s state parks may soon pursue corporate sponsorships under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.
The Associated Press reported the the Idaho House voted 52-17 on Tuesday to allow businesses to put their names on state park signs, picnic shelters and brochures.
The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has told lawmakers that permitting corporate sponsorships will help make the park system pay for itself.
However, opponents to the bill argued that the parks department should not have to grovel for corporate money when the state has an obligation to maintain Idaho’s park system.
The parks department this year is getting $3.5 million in state funds.
In fiscal year 2008 – before the economic downturn – the agency received nearly $18 million in state general funds.