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California parks are running out of toilet paper. Have cuts gone too far?

September 23, 2010 |  5:25 pm

TalkBackLAAmid the state's budget woes, Times columnist George Skelton has found one cutback that has generated much buzz. State parks are running out of toilet paper:

This is how much budget trouble the state of California is in: It's about to run out of toilet paper in its rural parks. California's red ink budget is immensely complicated because of voter-approved ballot initiatives, federal rules and court decisions.

But this internal e-mail within Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Finance Department is plenty simple: "Bottom line: Remote rural state parks will likely run out of toilet paper by early October."

Pressing a deadline, I was unable to dig deep enough to learn precisely which parks, let alone privies.... I did learn that the problem involves banks canceling a state credit card for lack of payment. The card is used to buy toilet paper and other supplies.

And it won't be reinstated until the governor and Legislature enact a state budget and card payments are renewed. On Friday, the Capitol politicians will break a record for procrastinating 85 days into the new fiscal year without enacting a spending program.

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