SEQUESTRATION BLUES: Edgar Alan Poe House Will Only Be Open Three Days A Week


PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL: Sequestration will hit home this spring on Independence Mall. Budget cuts will mean closure of five sites at Independence National Historical Park, effective in May, and the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall will be closed at 5 p.m., eliminating evening hours in the summer, the National Park Service said Wednesday. Overall, the local budget for park sites was cut by $1.21 milion —or 5 percent of the $24.3 million budget. Across-the-board spending cuts must be absorbed in the remaining seven months of a fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. About 89 percent of the park’s budget pays for salaries and fixed costs like utilities. What the spending cuts will mean: MORE