The Legislature passed Fiscal Year 2019-20 State Budget on Thursday, June 13 and Governor Newsom signed the budget yesterday, June 27.
The total budget is almost $215 billion coming from $148 billion in general fund, $61 billion in special funds and $6 billion in bonds. The budget includes a $21.5 billion surplus and reflects fiscal conservancy and Governor Gavin Newsom's, "California For All" vision.
Park funding included investments in deferred maintenance to continue to protect and sustain our public land, as wells as new funding to begin to address equitable access.
The State Budget included an investment for California’s state parks from the November 2016 voter approved Proposition 64, legalization of the adult recreational use of marijuana - and putting into place regulations and a 15% excise tax. The initiative requires that 20% of the excise tax be set aside to create the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account which will benefit California Departments of Parks and Recreation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Priority in the early years is on cleanup, remediation and restoration of the damage sustained from years of illegal marijuana cultivation on public lands and watersheds. After the fund mitigates the impacts of illegal marijuana grown on public lands, the funding may be applied to stewardship of state parks and state-owned wildlife habitat lands.
Of the available funding from Proposition 64, allocated for state parks includes: