Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Power of Political Pork

The gift that keeps on giving.... Murtha Airport, brought to you by American taxpayers | Power Players - Yahoo! News
The Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pa., is a prime example of taxpayer spending that refuses to die. Representative John Murtha steered some 150 million of taxpayer dollars to this eponymous airport over the last decade and despite the fact he died more than a year ago, the money keeps on coming.

Three years ago, we first visited the tiny airport, and found a monument to pork barrel spending: An airport with a $7 million air traffic control tower, $14 million hanger, and $18 million runway big enough to land any airplane in North America. For most of the day, the only thing this airport doesn't have is airplanes.
The money keeps flowing. Congress just reauthorized a $100 subsidy on most tickets. That's 50% of a lot of tickets. It isn't a lot of money because almost no one flies there. Pretty much the only place you can fly is Washington, DC. What a shocker.

So why did a Congress that can't agree on anything agree to spend more money on an airport we don't need, and that almost no one flies through?

The video follows the break.




1 comment:

Rich E said...

re: So why did a Congress that can't agree on anything agree to spend more money on an airport we don't need, and that almost no one flies through?

Because they all want their own memorial.
I was in NYC recently and found signs for the RFK bridge. Now having been born and raised there and back frequently I had no clue to what/where this was.
Turns out they re-names the Tri-boro bridge to teh Robert F Kennedy bridge. requiring all new signs and more signs to let you know that they re-named it. RFK died in 1968 - so why now? So I found this:
THE ROBERT F. KENNEDY BRIDGE: In his 2008 State of the State address, Governor Eliot Spitzer proposed renaming the Triborough Bridge after the slain former US Senator and Attorney General as a tribute to "a leader who did so much to build the New York we love today." The proposed renaming is not without controversy; concerns range from the hundreds of thousands it would cost to change signs and potential confusion among visitors (there already is a Kennedy Airport) to questioning the need to honor someone who arguably played a minor role in New York history.

In June 2008, the bill to rename the bridge, which was sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), passed the New York State Assembly. The bill was signed into law by Governor David Paterson, and in a re-dedication ceremony on November 19, 2008, the span was re-named formally as the "Robert F. Kennedy Bridge." It cost $4 million for the MTA and NYSDOT to replace all the signs leading to the bridge.
http://www.nycroads.com/crossings/triborough/

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