“I am not as big of an advocate of the state investing in museums as I was last year,” said state Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Evans), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Harbin pushed the General Assembly for extra money last year for the Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta, which is near Harbin’s home town. Perdue vetoed all funding for the Golf Hall, although he continued state payments to museums in his Middle Georgia region.
“Obviously, we don’t need as many museums as we used to,” Harbin said. “There is a point where we have to ask, ‘Should the state be investing in museums.’ ”
The Appropriations chairman said the other projects would not get “a dime” until the state Building Authority is able to show how the parking spaces that would be eliminated by the plan would be replaced and how traffic near the Capitol would be affected.
I realize Macon has several museums that get state government money, but I’ve always been a near fiscal libertarian on these things. Shouldn’t they be able to make enough money to break even? And if not, shouldn’t we at least put a lot more serious stuff ahead of them in line to get taxpayer dollars?
Now if we can cut out the rest of the pork. Maybe Rep. Harbin will do just that.