Hey! Got a response from the Governator’s office… the response was to a letter about his closing of 50 state parks (actually it is _only_48 parks as Arnie’s flunkie’s pedantic response points out…).
Anyway.. here’s the response
Thank you for writing Governor Schwarzenegger and sharing your thoughts on the budget crisis’ impact on the California State Park system. The Governor appreciates your input during this difficult budget year.
A weakened national economy and auto-pilot state spending has created a projected budget shortfall of $14.5 billion for fiscal year 2008-09. Although state government revenues this coming year are actually forecast to hold steady, the problem is that every year automatic spending formulas increase expenditures. Left unchecked, next year’s budget would
need to grow by 7.3-percent, which is $7.6 billion; even booming economies can’t meet that kind of increase. To immediately combat this crisis, the Governor has proposed a 10-percent reduction in nearly every General Fund program from their projected 2008-09 funding levels. While these reductions are unquestionably painful and challenging, this
across-the-board approach is designed to protect essential services by spreading reductions as evenly as possible.
To achieve this difficult reduction, State Parks will be reducing both its permanent and seasonal workforce. As a result, 48 park units will be closed or partially closed to the public and placed in caretaker status. By closing parks and eliminating positions, remaining resources can be consolidated and shifted to other parks to provide for services
necessary to keep those parks open and operating. While 48 parks are affected by closures, 230 parks-or 83% of the system-will remain open.
We must reform our state budget process. Government cannot continue to put people through the binge and purge of our budget process that has now led to park closures. That’s why the Governor has proposed a Budget Stabilization Act. Under the Governor’s plan, when revenues grow,would not be able to spend all the money. Instead, we would set a portion aside in a Revenue Stabilization Fund to stabilize the budget in down years. If a deficit develops during the year, instead of waiting to accumulate billions of dollars of debt, the Governor’s plan would automatically trigger lower funding levels already agreed upon by the Legislature. Had this system been in place the past decade, we
would not be facing a $14.5 billion deficit.
As Governor Schwarzenegger works with his partners in the Legislature, he will keep your concerns in mind. With your help, we will turn today’s temporary problem into a permanent victory for the people of.
Office of Constituent Affairs
My response was a little less… uh.. professional.
Bologna… you are closing the parks to strong arm your reform push… man up.. if you need to raise taxes.. do.. if you need to get politicians to work together.. do.. but don’t take it out on the struggling families who can’t buy Sea World or Disney passes.. they buy a park pass… whatta joke.
Tough times call for creativity.. not taking your ball and going home… give me a break.
Like I said before.. Arnold is high.. especially if he’s listening to advisors on this.. probably the same guys that wanna rip up San Onofre.. well done.
I was going to search for the letter I originally sent Arnold when I heard of his decision to close the parks… but I remember what I said… It was a short letter..
Subject: Park Closures
Are you high?!