As California politicians begin begging for increased tax revenues,
Usually out of the spotlight, special funds make up one-fourth of all state spending and are now receiving rare scrutiny and will be the focus of legislative hearings after finance officials found $54 million in funds hidden in two state parks accounts. An analysis by this newspaper showed the state's books for all the special funds were off by $2.3 billion, a discrepancy finance officials are now investigating.
The discoveries could result in political headaches for Gov. Jerry Brown as he tries to convince voters in November that the state needs tax increases to avoid massive cuts to schools and social programs.