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.