Friday, April 07, 2006

Citizen Against Government Waste's 2006 Pig Book review of Ohio's pork

Citizen Against Government Waste recently released it 2006 Pig Book:

The Congressional Pig Book is CAGW's annual compilation of the pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. The 2006 Pig Book identified 9,963 projects in the 11 appropriations bills that constitute the discretionary portion of the federal budget for fiscal 2006, costing taxpayers $29 billion. A "pork" project is a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures. To qualify as pork, a project must meet one of seven criteria that were developed in 1991 by CAGW and the Congressional Porkbusters Coalition.

The Complete Pork Database of 9,963 projects details 178 Ohio project with a total cost of over $226 million. Some of the more egregious earmarks (check out the nice round numbers and keep in mind that the nation will finance these with deficit spending) include:

  • $250,000 for The Scioto Society, Inc., Chillicothe, for the Tecumseh! Capital Improvement Project (Economic Development Initiative)
  • $250,000 for the Ukrainian Museum-Archives, Cleveland, for Phase II development and construction (Economic Development Initiative)
  • $200,000 Wright Dunbar, Inc., Dayton, to construct the Gateway to Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial (Economic Development Initiative)(Senator DeWine Press Release)
  • $250,000 Holmes County Trail enhancements (Federal Highway Administration)
  • $200,000 Daybreak, Inc., Dayton, for the Daybreak Opportunity House land and side acquisition, demolition, site preparation and facilities construction (Economic Development Initiative) (Senator DeWine Press Release)
  • $100,000 for City of Toledo, for the construction of ice-skating rinks in city parks (Economic Development Initiative)
  • $200,000 City of St. Marys, for renovations to the historic Glass Block (Economic Development Initiative)
  • $75,000 City of Lancaster, for the renovation of a building for the Glass-blowing Museum (Economic Development Initiative)
  • $179,000 Hydroponic tomato production (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Research and Education Activities - Special Research Grants)


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