Annual Pork Report notes more than $500M in wasteful spending - WSMV Channel 4

Annual Pork Report notes more than $500M in wasteful spending

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Beacon Center's annual Pork Report was released Wednesday, documenting what the organization perceives to be $511 million in wasteful government spending by state and local governments in Tennessee.

The Beacon Center says this year's report, the eighth annual such study, found billions of dollars being wasted on Hollywood subsidies, golf courses and money given to Volkswagen.

"While $511 million may not sound like a huge percentage of the overall state budget, that same amount of money could go toward paying the salaries of 11,000 teachers across the state," said Trey Moore, director of policy at the Beacon Center.

Among the highlights in this year's report include $73 million in erroneously paid unemployment benefits, including some given to current state workers and money paid to the deceased.

Also, the group notes $800,000 was spent on updating a study to determine what to do with the vacant Tennessee State Prison.

And a Rockwood city official spent $32,000 in taxpayer funds on items like guns, ammunition, cameras, clothes, protein powder and testosterone booster.

However, the dubious distinction of 2013 "Pork of the Year" goes to Hemlock Semiconductor, which the Beacon Center said continues to receive $95 million from the state despite laying off hundreds of workers and falling short of promises.

Read the full 2013 Pork Report from the Beacon Center: http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wsmv/pork.pdf.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Annual Pork Report notes more than $500M in wasteful spendingMore>>

  • SIDEBAR - Pork Report

    Past Pork Reports

    Wednesday, June 26 2013 3:47 PM EDT2013-06-26 19:47:36 GMT
    Full 2013 Report (pdf)Pork Report - 2012 Pork Report - 2011 Pork Report - 2010More >>
    Full 2013 Report (pdf)Pork Report - 2012 Pork Report - 2011 Pork Report - 2010More >>
Powered by WorldNow
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.