No matter how you cut it, unless President Obama decides to veto some items, the FY 2010 budget for the National Park Service is going to be up roughly $200 million from the current funding level.
The FY 2009 budget stands at $2.5 billion, and the president's 2010 budget requested nearly $2.7 billion for the parks. That alone was a bump of $170.1 million from 2009. Well, the appropriations measures moving through the House and Senate contain even more money for the Park Service.
In the House, the markup shows a Park Service budget of $2.73 billion (or $208 million above 2009 levels), while the Senate version reflects $2.71 billion (or $185.9 million above 2009 levels).
What remains to be seen is how the conference committees come to terms on the differences.
Fine print: The federal budget year starts October 1. Since the Congress failed to pass an FY 2010 budget by the first, the government is operating on the 2009 funding levels through the end of the month.