when House leaders met this morning to put final touches on their chamber’s mid-year spending plan, they were presented with a long list of local projects requested by prominent lawmakers. Such local projects are commonly referred to as pork.
A House budget subcommitte recommended $125,000 for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and $5 million for a national infantry museum, both requested by House Transportation Chairman Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain).
Another $300,000 would go to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame at the request of House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin (R-Evans).
Still another $100,000 would go to help operate the Warner Robins Air Force base museum, a pet project of House Ways & Means Chairman Larry O’Neal (R-Warner Robins).
Atlanta would not be left out. The subcommittee recommended $350,000 for a proposed new animal hospital at Zoo Atlanta.
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