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California will close a fourth of its parks to save $33 million over the next two years as leaders of the most-populous state work to close a $15.4 billion budget deficit.
The Parks and Recreation Department said it would close 70 of 278 sites from the redwoods of the northern coast to the deserts of the southeast. The Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, no longer a residence, also will be shut. Those facilities draw 8 percent of park attendance.
The closings were mandated by a bill that Governor Jerry Brown signed in March as part of a series of budget cuts that amounted to $12.5 billion. The measures reduced the state’s budget deficit from $26.6 billion.
In addition to the parks shutdowns, Brown proposed to dispense with the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board today. The panel hears unemployment and disability disputes with the Employment Development Department. Eliminating it would save as much as $1.2 million a year in salary and travel costs, he said.
When James Baker made his keynote speech in 1987, he stated that, "No longer will the World Bank carry this debt unsecured. The only assets we have to collateralize are federal lands and national parks." Baker's definition of federal lands includes Heritage sites, of which there are about 20 in the United States. I say "about" 20, because they are being added on a regular basis. As I write this article, Congress is about to vote on a proposed Rim of the Valley National Park that would include over 500,000 acres of National Forest land and 170,000 parcels of private property including many farms and ranches.
And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks...will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
Having a tight budget and also providing services to illegal immigrants has taken a financial toll. Another argument is that the children of illegal immigrants take up resources when it comes to education and make the education system worse than what it already is. A study done by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found the cost of illegal immigrants in California to amount to $10.5 billion annually. This figure includes the cost of incarceration, health care, and education of illegal immigrants.