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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has broken his silence on the discovery of hidden money at California's supposedly cash-strapped state parks department.

The Democratic governor downplayed the scandal Wednesday, saying it is the first time he's seen government get in trouble for having saved money.

Nonprofit groups were blindsided last week by reports that state parks accounts hold $53 million more than was previously disclosed, even as they raised money to keep 70 state parks open past a July 1 closure deadline.

The scandal forced the parks director's resignation and has led to an investigation by the attorney general.

Brown quipped at an unrelated news conference that "more money is better than less money." He said that the state will look into the secret parks money and at all special funds.