Bills Aim to Stop Diverting Funds Meant for State Parks

Saying that diverting funds earmarked for state parks compromises the integrity of the state budget and the quality of parks, some legislators are looking to end the practice.

State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, has filed Senate Bill 175, which would eliminate the diversion of funds from the sporting goods tax, which according to state law is supposed to go toward parks.

“I’m an outdoors guy myself,” Estes said Thursday at a news conference. “It’s important that we maintain all of our parks. It preserves our Texas heritage, and it needs to be carefully guarded not only for us ...

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