- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation seeking corporate sponsorships to help fund the state’s cash-strapped parks system.

Parks and Recreation Director David Langhorst assured lawmakers Monday that Idaho’s parks wouldn’t become littered with logos.

Instead, Langhorst told the Senate Resources and Environment Committee that the agency’s board of directors would make sure the sponsorships would be tasteful.

The state’s parks budget is down $4.5 million from last fiscal year, which has forced the agency to reduce its work force by 15 percent and drain more than $1 million in reserves to help cover the shortfall.

Earlier this legislative session, agency representatives estimated corporate sponsorships could bring in up to $300,000 over five years.

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