Monday, July 25, 2005

Alabama Pork

The Tuscaloosa News laments that Alabama's current crop of lawmakers in Washington don't bring home the bacon like those of a generation ago. But they have a pretty good list of what pork barrel projects they do bring home:
  • Sen. Richard Shelby added $591,000 in the Senate agriculture bill for tri-state peanut joint research to examining factors affecting the peanut industry
  • Shelby included $800,000 for the Coosa Valley Water Supply District to help provide a potable water source
  • Rep. Robert Aderholt included $7 million in a House transportation reauthorization bill for the extension of Interstate 565 to Decatur
  • Rep. Bud Cramer secured $4 million in a House defense bill for development of credible threat prediction capabilities
Citizens Against Government Waste says the Alabama delegation got about $345 million in pork for the folks at home this year:
  • $35 million for a Transportation Technology Center at Auburn University
  • $1 million for a runway extension at the Freddie Jones Airport in Linden
  • $800,000 for the Coosa River Boardwalk in Gadsden
  • $121,250 to the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation for restoration of Ivy Green in Tuscumbia.
Alabama has three lawmakers on Congressional Appropriations Committees. (Tuscaloosa News )

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