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Lincoln Home Facing Cuts

In 2012, 304,000 people visited the Lincoln Home in Springfield.  Some of them, from all over the world. One couple was in town this week, visiting from Germany.

"It's a great possibility to see how Lincoln lived because we remember Lincoln as one of the best President's of the U.S.," said Annalena Toepen.

But unless lawmakers in Washington do something before the end of this week, people traveling to our nation's parks, like Lincoln's Springfield Home, may find reduced hours, less maintenance of grounds, and other cutbacks. On Friday, $85 billion in sweeping budget cuts are set to kick in.

"This is the most unusual situation. I have been an employee with the National Park Service for 35 years, and this is a very unusual situation," said Lincoln Home Superintendent Dale Phillips.

The Lincoln site, like all other national parks, is looking at a 5 percent reduction in its budget for this fiscal year.

Phillips went on to say that 5 percent is the $140,000 of the site's remaining operating budget for this fiscal year.

According to the National Park Service, the cuts would also mean visitors could expect shorter seasons and possibly the closing of camping, hiking, and other recreational areas due to cuts in staffing. All that could hit local economies hard.