Monday, September 28, 2009

Schwarzenegger Guts State Parks

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to gut state parks rather than shutter them, apparently realizing that the closure of more than 100 parks threatened to destroy his legacy. According to the Chron, the governor slashed $14.2 million from the state parks budget by closing some campgrounds and facilities on weekdays, eliminating unfilled positions, and cutting maintenance, including bathroom cleaning. In other words, the parks are about to get whole lot dirtier, even though they already had $1.2 billion in deferred maintenance costs. Plus, the cuts mean there may not be enough people to operate the parks. "He's functionally closing parks but trying not to face the heat of closing parks," explained state Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman of San Rafael.

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