Just months after the California Department of Boating and Waterways became a division of the State Parks and Recreation Department (the same one that was found to be hiding millions in surplus funds) a proposal, Senate Bill 436, is being pushed in Sacramento to start cyphening off funds to be used for things other than boating and boating related safety in infrastructure.
Things such as street repair, erosion repair and prevention. Sure sounds all find and dandy, but the fund the politicians in Sacramento are proposing raiding consists of taxes and fees paid by boaters specifically for boating relating activities, and nothing else.
So, as expected, California politicians are trying to make an end-run around the rules to grab and use money as they see fit. Combining the Department of Boating and Waterways with Parks and Recreation was a bad idea from the beginning, but it wasn’t an accident. It was done to make money grabs easier.
The raiding has begun, and these arrogant politicians know that there’s little to stop them and can be done to stop them.