Pork! Pork! Pork!

It’s not just the other white meat.

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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  1. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame seems to receive a substantial amount of money evey year. Does anyone actually visit it? Makes me laugh though since Charles Walker used tobe the one who supported that particular piece of pork…and now it’s Ben Harbin. Reminds me of a song by the Who:
    There’s nothing in the street
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
    And the parting on the left
    Is now the parting on the right…

    Meet the new boss
    Same as the old boss

  2. rugby_fan says:

    I would grant that perhaps the money allocated to Zoo Atlanta is worthwhile on the grounds that it promotes understanding of the world and other cliches.

  3. RiverRat says:

    so the estimated yearly upkeep of the ATL-Lovejoy commuter rail is about $4-5 million, right? This is the amount that Clayton had promised to fund, and rescended recently. And that amount is just WAY TOO MUCH for the county or the state to fund for a TRAIN, of all things. However, it is not too much for a national infantry museum in Pine Mountain?

    Here is an idea – an ATL-La Grange-Columbus rail line could go right through Pine Mountain and Warm Springs. Look on the map – there is already a rail line that follows this route. I’ll bet that it would provide more economic incentive for Pine Mountain as a national infantry museum.

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