California Environmental Groups Hope to Save State Parks with DMV Fees

Major environmental groups hope this year's park closures, caused by the California budget crisis, will inspire support for parks at the ballot box next year.
September 15, 2009, 12pm PDT | Alek Miller
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"If voters approve the measure - which needs a simple majority to pass - it would raise roughly $400 million a year, doubling the parks' budget and making it no longer dependent on the state's fluctuating general fund.

In exchange, all California motorists would get free admission to all state parks, which now charge up to $14 for entrance fees."

Previous attempts at raising fees to fund parks have been defeated.

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Published on Monday, September 14, 2009 in San Jose Mercury News
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