Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Earmark ban costs Burnett County, Wisconsin

Federal earmarks represent less than half  of 1% of the federal budget.

Compared to  the trillion dollar (and counting) wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the $1.6 trillion Bush era high income tax cuts, the $500 billion prescription drug bill, and the recession, earmarks have played virtually no role in creating the deficit.

Yet Republicans have made earmarks a national issue. The House of Representatives has banned them as has President Obama.

Now local communities, like Burnett County, Wisconsin, that used these federal dollars to fund socially necessary local projects are having second thoughts. Local governmental leaders from both political parties have realized that the moratorium on earmarks will force them to eliminate valuable and necessary projects or raise property taxes to pay for them.

Just a few weeks ago, Republicans in the House of Representatives insisted that the Bush era tax cuts be extended for those making over $250,000 annually. This will cost $81.5 billion over two years and Burnett County the modern communications system that it sorely needs and cannot afford..

The New York Times article on how local officials are rethinking the ban on earmarks is linked here.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Rosen posted this on Feb 9:
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations, on Thursday released a letter strongly endorsing the proposed "gainful employment" regulations that would deny federal financial aid to programs that do result in employment with compensation sufficient to repay the loans.
Should that have said "programs that do NOT result in employment with . . ."?