Friday, June 12, 2009

Schwarzenegger Could Use A S’more

AUBURN, Calif (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – S’mores around the campfire could help change governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tune about state parks.

The Governator recently proposed closing 80 percent of California’s state parks in hopes of saving $70 million.

However, Debbie Sipe of the California Association Of RV Parks & Campgrounds says the plan is faulty, since the parks generate far more tax revenue than the state spends to keep them running.

She says closing them would weaken tourism in California, since visitors spend $4.3 billion a year in park-related expenditures.

That’s $300 million in tax revenue, or more than four times the $70 million Schwarzenegger hopes to save.

Sipe says Ahhnold should reconsider and maybe bond with Mother Nature.

He needs to sit around a campfire with his family singing songs and eating s’mores to understand the beauty and fun of camping again.

Maybe then he’ll see why people have “emotional connections” to state parks.

Sipe says camping is one of the only affordable family vacations right now, so taking parks away is a terrible move.

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