Why Californians Don't Need a Car Tax to Save Their Parks

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by Laura Huggins

The folks at Reason.tv have a great new video out about California's Proposition 21, which would impose a car tax to fund its bankrupt state park system. The video features Leonard Gilroy, whose recent article in PERC Reports clears up much of the confusion surrounding efforts to contract out state park services. Gilroy points out that Arizona has already contracted out services in many of its state parks, resulting in lower entrance fees, parks staying open, and improved natural and recreational quality.

And just to be clear, contracting out services does not mean that private companies will build a McDonalds next to Old Faithful.

Huggins is a research fellow and former director of outreach with PERC as well as a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her association with PERC goes back several years, although she has recently embarked on a new venture as the manager of economic initiatives for the American Prairie Reserve. Huggins coauthored with...
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