Who in Their Right Mind Would Give Brown’s Administration More Tax Dollars?

Russ Steele

Governor Brown wanted to save money by closing Parks all across the state, denying citizens access to these low cost recreation facilities.  At the same time he is raising taxes to pay off a growing state debt and  to keep the parks, schools and fire houses open. Right.

Then the Sac Bee learns that the California Parks and Recreation Department has been hiding 54 million dollars and recently made secret vacation buyout program that cost the state $271,000 dollars.

State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned this morning and her second in command has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years.

The moves come in the wake of a scandal, revealed by The Bee on Sunday, in which a deputy director at State Parks carried out a secret vacation buyout program for employees at department headquarters last year. That buyout cost the state more than $271,000.

Thanks to the Sac Bee for shining some light on this incompetent Administration. If the Parks Department can squirreled away so much money for over two of Arnold’s terms and one of Brown’s terms, one has to ask how much money have other agencies been squirreling away, while denying services to taxpayers?

This is yet again another reason for not giving the clowns in Sacramento any more of our tax dollars. They have proven they are incompetent money managers.   If Parks and Recreation was hiding the money, other agencies must be as well. Let them scramble around and find all that hidden money, rather than ask us for more taxes.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

7 Responses to Who in Their Right Mind Would Give Brown’s Administration More Tax Dollars?

  1. Dave Cranfield says:

    This will blow an even larger hole in Brownie’s Prop 30.

  2. Dena says:

    One of two possibilities. One – nobody looked at the books or two – the parks service is keeping two sets of books. In both cases, somebody isn’t doing their job. I think california needs to stop looking for additional things to do and work on the things already on their plate.

  3. Dena says:

    We forgot the issue that came out of Arnold’s term in office. The highway department had acquired large amount of land for freeways that will never be built. Not only could the land be sold to regain much needed cash, but no taxes could be collect from the land while it was in government hands. I don’t know how much the land inventory has been reduce because nothing has been said about it for the last two or three years.

  4. gjrebane says:

    In California having a “right mind” was never a prerequisite for voting, especially on giving government more money and power.

  5. Arthur M. Day. says:

    The dire results of the Sane Drain strike again.

  6. Russ says:

    I asked the question about how much of our tax dollars were other agencies holding? At 500 agencies audited, the auditors have found $2.3 billion. I am not giving these clowns anymore more of my tax dollars. NO on any tax measures!

  7. sean2829 says:

    In the SacBee yesterday was an article on Prop 63 which applied a 1% tax on millionaires to pay for mental health care. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/28/4669592/calif-mental-health-dollars-bypassing.html. The problem is its poorly controlled and paying things like horse back riding lessons and yoga classes for city workers.

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