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In a year in which lawmakers had to tighten the state’s fiscal belt because of the slowing economy, one category of spending wasn’t forced onto a diet.

Lawmakers poured as much money into special local projects as last year, approving tens of millions of dollars for everything from hometown ballfields and small-town tourism promotion to new libraries, county airport facilities and costly college buildings.

The spending included 470 local assistance grants that were not revealed to the public until hours before the 2008 legislative session ended. The $6 million in grants were just about the last thing budget-writers added to the budget before approving it on the final day of the session.

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7 comments

  1. CHelf says:

    So let me get this straight. These guys could not work together to give tax relief to the people but they worked together to ensure their pet projects were well funded. It never ceases to amaze me how in times of financial downturns, the people have to tighten their belts but politicians feel the need to just spend regardless.

  2. bowersville says:

    Would someone with more research savvy care to reveal how Barry Fleming voted on these 470 local assistance grants?

    Fleming’s vote on the Georgia Budget should help us in the 10th have a realistic idea of Fleming’s view on government spending habits.

  3. Chris says:

    Bower – the LAGs are all in the 09 budget which passed near unanmously. AFAIK, Approp committee votes aren’t recorded. You’d have to be present in the room to know.

    And more likely – they didn’t have individual votes on each LAG anyway. Unless a fiscal hawk like Davis or Graves (neither are on the committee) pulled a Flake and moved to strip the LAGs, then the committee would vote on the budget as presented.

    The sleezeballs on approp like to hide their thefts of the public purse.

    Which is why I want BLOODY PURGES!!!!

  4. Romegaguy says:

    I heard Congressman Kingston sent the General Assembly a letter congratulating them for their fiscal responsibility

  5. Trackboy1 says:

    Nice to be Ben Harbin. Ya get to dole out money to your buddies pet projects, and you can get a DUI two and a half hours from home and have your court date delayed indefinitely.

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