An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 24, 2007

Gimme More

Filed under: In Tennessee, Political, taxes — olbroad @ 7:52

6 in House say no to their share of surplus
Most seek $100,000 for their districts

Most Tennessee state representatives each want to spend $100,000 in their districts, ranging from funding volunteer fire departments to a community fireworks display.

House Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, released a full list of the projects Wednesday. The projects that would be funded from the state budget surplus must be voted up or down individually by a committee and agreed upon by the Senate, which has its own plan for project spending.

Now, here’s a whacky thought! Why is it necessary to actually SPEND that money? Why not leave it in an account that draws interest and save it for something like, oh say, a natural disaster? Silly me.

Only six representatives did not request any money for their districts: Reps. Beth Harwell, R-Nashville; Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown; Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet; Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City; Donna Rowland, R-Murfreesboro; and Larry Turner, D-Memphis.

Kelsey brought a slice of bacon to a House floor session last week to protest against the projects.

I like that guy! He’s got zip! 🙂 I do notice there is one Democrat in that bunch not requesting money.

Democrats have supported the plan to allow each representative a chance to request money to be spent on local governments and nonprofit groups. Many Republicans have characterized the plan as pork-barrel spending, but most have applied to get their share.

It is pork! I can’t imagine what any district could do with just a 100 grand. Plant a couple of trees maybe? Any project they could come up with will end up costing more than anticipated (these are gubmint folks ya know, it always does), so then they’ll be going back to Nashville with the idea they can get more from the states taxpayer to finish their little projects.

“Quite frankly I’m proud of that we’re all going to be able take back some money to address some needs in our local governments and local communities,” said House Majority Leader Gary Odom, a Nashville Democrat.

Why is it that only a politician can get away with being ‘proud’ of snatching money out of the pockets of the common folk?

House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, said the Republican Caucus wanted to stop the local projects plan.

“When it became clear that the challenge was unable to be risen to, many members did file such a request” for funding, he said Monday.

Obviously, the rest of them all had their hands out! “Please sir, can I have some more?”


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