Wasteful federal spending hits close to home

July 29, 2011 2:47PM

As Washington hits gridlock on the debt ceiling battle, the federal government continues to send millions of dollars to local communities for “non-traditional transportation purposes,” such as sidewalks, landscaping, and lighting, notes Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Justin Owen takes issue with the spending.

“At a time when our state and nation face a fiscal crunch, it appears that spending on ‘aesthetic’ and ‘cultural’ aspects of transportation is code for wasteful spending on political pet projects. Now is not the time to be spending millions of taxpayer dollars on pretty flowers and fancy lights,” [Owen said].

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