Senate Porks it up, House goes on a diet.

From the AJC:

During the 2008 session, lawmakers also approved 470 local grants, worth about $6 million. They include money for local communities to promote tourism, improve parks, restore old buildings and buy football uniforms.

Staffers at the Department of Community Affairs, which handles the grants, said Senate officials told them to proceed with giving out grants proposed by senators, about $3.25 million worth.

Harbin, on the other hand, has sent House members a memo asking them to review the grants in their districts and consider cutting at least some of them.

“I’m personally going to be reducing some grants and doing away with some,” Harbin said. “We’re asking all the House members to do the same.

“It’s not a lot of money, but the main thing we’re trying to do is let everyone know how important this is. It’s the right message to send.”

Words cannot express my disappointment with the Senate Leadership. Kudos to Ben Harbin and the House Leadership. Its good to see someone has their priorities in order.

Updated to add: The Political Insider has a copy of Harbin’s letter.


  1. Bill Simon says:

    Where can I apply for a grant?

    I need a grant for the following:

    1) Experimental drugs to help me deal with UGA grads in the Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer.

    2) A grant for me to do research on why elected officials in Gwinnett County have, on average, a higher propensity to violate laws and decency standards than any other county in the state.

    Do I need a lobbyist/government relations specialist to get me a grant?

  2. Chris says:


    1) Try injecting clorox. 100% of the people who have done that have not complained about UGA grads post injection. Interestingly, 100% of terminal cancer patients who have tried this treatment have not died of cancer. Its really an amazing substance.

    2) I suspect corruption is directly proportional to the amount of money at stake. Hence, Congress is a three orders of magnitude more corrupt than Gwinnett County. I think you will also find that Atlanta, having more valued real estate is more corrupt that Gwinnett County. Cobb County is on par with Gwinnett economically, but is less corrupt. this can only be attributed to the fact that Cobb has smarter crooks in office. You might consider a research grant to see if there is a direct causal relationship between textbook stickers saying “Evolution is just a theory” and smarter crooked politicians.

    In the meantime, I feel I’ve done my part in the budget crisis by eliminating the need for your LAG.

  3. jillchambers says:

    My offer of a reduction has been submitted. If state agencies and Georgia families are working with tighter budgets, then our LAG’s can be reduced by 10%, too. I’m also returning the funds left over in my legislative account for each year of this current term.

    thanks for taking the lead and setting the example, Ben!

  4. I wish they would send some of that pork to Georgia Southwestern. Physical Plant here says they can’t turn the air conditioning up anymore or they will be over budget.

  5. jenlongstreet1 says:

    Is this the same Harbin that almost but didn’t plead guilty to some kind of driving violation.

    Hmmm…. Guess it is a good idea for his to propose something conservative, but I bet it will be all smoke and mirrors. Let’s face it this guys have never seen a dollar they didn’t want to spend or a tax they didn’t want to increase.

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