Sunday, August 20, 2006

2007 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Earmarks in the Ohio 2nd Congressional District

A closer look at the Sunlight Foundation's database of earmarks in the 2007 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (H.R.5647: details of the earmarks can be found in the House Report 109-515) reveals that Congresswoman Jean Schmidt's 2nd Congressional District has the following spending designated:

The $350,000 for Shawnee State is on top of the $1.05 million already passed by the House in H.R. 5427. Schmidt took credit for this initial spending appropriations. From House Report 109-474:

...The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency established in 1965. It is comprised of the Governors of the thirteen Appalachian States and has a Federal co chairman, who is appointed by the President. For fiscal year 2007, the budget includes $65,472,000, of which $54,079,000 is for program development; $5,301,000 is local development districts and technical assistance; and $5,437,000 is for salaries and expenses...

...Within the funds provided, the Committee has included the following activities: Portsmouth, OH, Shawnee State University Motion Capture Facility : $1,050,000...

Porkopolis will be following up with more details on these earmarks. Fellow Ohioans interested in researching earmarks in their district can find the complete list of Ohio earmarks here.



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