Closing State Parks Not a Real Solution

The Lyin King

Public Lands Advocate
It should come as no surprise that California’s chronically dysfunctional Legislature, and its year-after-year budget deficits, will radiate pain throughout the state.

After voters trounced lawmakers’ lame efforts to mend the broken budget by floating smoke-and-mirrors ballot propositions, Sacramento has made it abundantly clear that curing budget ills will be accomplished by inflicting deep cuts in some of California’s most important programs and services.

How typical, that slothful members of the Legislature are turning to vulnerable people and services to solve their problems.

School district, mental-health and health-care programs will be eviscerated. If a particular segment of society is too politically weak to fight back, it’s a safe bet lawmakers will zero in on them to carry the budget-deficit load.

And it won’t be just the weak. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office has released a list of 220 state parks that could be shut down. The economic feasibility of that move is questionable, but more about that in a moment.

Read more here . . . Santa Maria Times

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