Friday, March 11, 2005

On the Road Again

The US House has OKed a six-year, $284 billion highway bill.

Tucked away in the bill are nearly 4,000 projects requested by individual members. They're worth $11 billion. Some projects may be needed, but without debate or hearings on their merits -- odds are a lot of those 4,000 projects rate as pork barrel spending.

Pork is money that's added to a bill in committee without debate and benefiting a single state or district. And House Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young's (R-AK) home state will get a sizable chunk of change. Spending would shoot up from $3 million to $200 million for an Anchorage bridge project, and from $3 million to $125 million for another bridge near Ketchikan.

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