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Assemblyman Wagner: Budget Fact Check – Parks Buyouts, Special Funds “Hoarding” Raises Questions about State Spending Practices

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 10, 2012

This came over the wire from Assemblyman Don Wagner’s office yesterday…

Don Wagner | District 70

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Parks Buyouts, Special Funds “Hoarding” Raises Questions about State Spending Practices

California taxpayers have been deeply troubled by the recent scandals that have rocked the Department of Parks and Recreation.  The allegations of inappropriate vacation buyouts awarded to 56 staff members and hoarding $54 million in special funds at a time when 70 parks were slated for closure have undermined the public’s confidence in their state government.

Among the findings of this week’s “California Budget Fact Check” are:

  • The Parks Department vacation buyout scandal has taxpayers, lawmakers and the news media asking whether there is inappropriate spending going on in other state agencies and departments.
  • The revelation that the Parks Department had hoarded $54 million in special funds has Californians asking whether there is hoarding in other state departments and whether painful budget cuts could have been avoided with money that had been stashed away and whether the state really needs more taxes.
  • Assembly Republicans have called for the nonpartisan State Auditor to look into how departments are spending special fund dollars.  This week, the audit request was approved on a bipartisan vote of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

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