OHIO'S LITTLE PIGGIES
March 18, 2009
The 2009 Ohio Piglet book has many examples of wasteful government spending in Ohio. While it is hard to choose among so much pork, there are some especially egregious projects tax money is funding, says Marc Kilmer, a policy analyst with the Buckeye Institute.
- Up to $80 million for Broadband to Nowhere; before the federal stimulus bill, there was an Ohio stimulus bill which passed the General Assembly in June 2008; among its many wasteful provisions was a "broadband to nowhere" project.
- $23.3 million for e-Tech Ohio; even though private businessmen find a way to make TV stations and radio stations and news bureaus profitable, state policymakers feel the need to give millions of dollars to "public" (read: government) TV and radio stations and to have a government-run news bureau.
- Millions of dollars in OSU Salaries; with over 154 employers making in excess of $250,000 a year, OSU is certainly a nice place to work. It's an even better place to be President, with Gordon Gee making between $1.6 and $2 million annually.
- $1.65 million for the Pro Football Hall of Fame; apparently the 201,000 visitors in 2008 and its $60 million fundraising drive isn't enough, the Pro Football Hall of Fame wants money from Ohio's taxpayers, too; the General Assembly gave this popular tourist attraction $1.65 million of taxpayer money.
- $1.3 million for Voinovich Center and Glenn School; one way to please politicians is to name things after them; Ohio University has the George Voinovich Center and the Ohio State University has the John Glenn School; Ohio taxpayers are shelling out $669,082 and $619,082, respectively, for this political brownnosing.
Source: Marc Kilmer, "Ten Little Piggies," Buckeye Institute, March 16, 2009.
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