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