The Mercury News has an article today about the Democrats’ new budget plan they are about to unveil, which could get a vote next week. It will include the expected “across the board” spending cuts over which Californians have been fretting and something of particular interest to many of us – a proposed additional $15 fee when you register your car. This fee will go towards saving state parks, generating an estimated $230 million in revenue. In return, the magnanimous car drivers of California will also be allowed to park inside state parks free of charge, provided their car bears a California plate.
I have a confession. I hike in places such as Temescal Canyon or Topanga at least twice a week but always park my car outside the park and avoid the entry fees. It has occurred to me to get a year pass to the parks but, with my own limited budget, I opt for walking a little further to get to the trail. I am a bad hiker in terms of not paying, but for a proposed $15 I could be a good hiker and maybe even some day a good human being. Baby steps…
Of course, there is that nasty little 2/3 Rule standing in the way, again.
You can read the Mercury article HERE