The Tennessee Center for Policy Research released its annual Pork Report on Tuesday and claims the state government wasted $260 million in the past year.
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Among the items in the report:
* $15 million for a swimming pool in Kingsport, Tenn. * $3.95 million in excess fees collected by state professional regulatory boards. * $1.6 million to fund state-owned golf courses. * $450,481 for two statues in downtown Nashville. * $35,000 aeronautical map that is illegal for pilots to use.
Taxpayers are sending a clear message that they want accountable, transparent, and less intrusive government, said Justin Owen, acting executive director of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, in a release. The political nepotism, outright theft, craven fiscal abuse, and general stupidity described in the Pork Report will only add fuel to taxpayers ire.
The details in the report were gathered from state and local government budgets, media reports, appropriations bills, state audits and independent research conducted by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.
Click here to read the full report.