Talk about all dressed up with no place to go, the vaunted Passport to Parks program is having a little trouble getting off the ground. In typical bureaucratic form, the program, aimed at providing “free” access to state parks, would include a new $10 charge on two-year motor vehicle registrations. The estimated $11.8 million per year would, in turn, fill a special budget account for parks maintenance and operations. Alas, there were no funds appropriated for the program in the current budget. Malloy and his budget chief, Ben Barnes, last week said the General Assembly has to pass some legislation to repair the glitch.
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