Herbert also needs the legislature to confirm state Rep. Spencer Cox (R) as his next lieutenant governor. Herbert tapped Cox, a House freshman, to replace outgoing Lt. Gov. Greg Bell (R), who announced last month that he would be quitting to look for a private- sector job.
Utah was the first state to convince the Interior Department to accept state cash to reopen its parks. Over the weekend, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Statue of Liberty in New York reopened with state funding, as our Washington Post colleagues Juliet Eilperin and Lenny Bernstein reported Friday. On Monday, South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore will reopen for business.
Each state is likely to seek reimbursements from the federal government when the shutdown ends.