I'm assuming most of you have heard about the California budget crisis. We recently had a vote where the voters pretty much said "No, you aren't going to raise our taxes yet again, when they've been going up and up and despite the extra money we've been giving you, nothing has improved whatsoever."
So, of course, those in power decide to cut the budget by punishing the people. They're removing the funding for multiple parks, when the parks are one of the biggest moneymakers for the state. Check out this info directly from the California State Parks Foundation.
"For every dollar that funds the parks, $2.35 is returned to the state's General Fund through economic activities in the communities surrounding the parks.
That means eliminating all funding for state parks could actually result in the state losing over $350 million dollars in revenue.
For the financial well-being of our state, we must oppose this reckless plan. We have had the displeasure of notifying you of threats to our parks in the past. But this is the worst threat to park system in its 150 year history."
This is conjecture, but I'm assuming less funds for these parks will probably also reduce the brush clearing that occurs in them and give us a far more expensive fire season, as well. I don't know how the funding goes, though.
There's a petition here if you think this is as stupid as I believe it to be. I don't think you have to be a resident to sign it.