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Sacramento, Calif.- Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, supports the decision of the State Parks Director to resign and the firing of her second in command. Assemblywoman Gaines calls for a further investigation after officials learned the Parks Department was sitting on $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years.

On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Gaines sent a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee calling for a further review of the State Parks Department after the Sacramento Bee article revealed that Parks Department management staff took advantage of a costly vacation buyout. 


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“It is clear that our office has only touched the tip of the iceberg on the culture of corruption within state government,” Gaines said.  “Where was the Department of Finance and the Controller’s Office in reviewing these obvious accounting gimmicks?” 

“As a small business owner, when we make mistakes we do not expect the customer to pay the difference,” Gaines added.  “In all these cases, taxpayers have been left holding the bag.  This is wrong and needs to stop immediately.” 

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties.