California Governor Jerry Brown is downplaying the state parks scandal in his first public statement on the issue.
Last week, the Brown administration revealed that the Parks department had failed to report 54 million dollars in two funds for the last 12 years. State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned as a result.
But the governor says it’s better to find money than to discover money missing.
“When someone comes and says hey guess what we have some money over here, that’s better than saying oops, we don’t have any money, and most of our controls are about people misspending and overspending we hadn’t thought we had to have controls about making sure people spend everything they got.”
Brown says he doesn’t know how it happened but he has called for an investigation of all special funds.
The Governor added that more money is better than less money.