Like many Americans, I enjoy taking my family on the road for vacation. I turn to our state parks and open spaces to educate my daughter about plants and animals, to get back in touch with nature, and to find solace from the stress of modern urban life.
To keep our parks open amidst our budget crisis, I co-authored AB 1589, which creates new revenue streams to keep existing parks open, and which places a cap on the number of state park closures. This bill would not raise taxes or raid money from other state programs. Instead, this bill commits California to greater efficiency in the management and monetization of state parks. The bill maximizes the collection of user fees and season passes for those who enthusiastically visit our parks, while maintaining public access for all Californians.
This is a practical solution to keeping parks open for our enjoyment without any additional tax burden on hard-working Californians. During these challenging times, our state parks play an especially significant role in providing refuge and relaxation. I wish you and your family happy and safe summer travels.
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