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No Budget Means No Rest For The Weary -- Literally

Friday, Sep. 24, 2010

The inability of the California legislature to pass a budget has prompted the closing of freeway rest stops.

The law requires water at the stops to be tested weekly, but with no money coming from Sacramento, barriers will be put up at the entrance to some stops. Crews who maintain the rest areas are at risk of losing their jobs, and the closures are predicted to take a toll on all travelers, especially those who drive long-haul trucks.

This latest twist to the budget debacle is another indication of the lack of political courage among the legislators, and a discouraging reminder of their inability (or unwillingness) to compromise.

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