Watchdogs Offer List of “Ax-Ready” Programs as Alternative to Mayors’ Pork Projects

In anticipation of the economic stimulus package to come, the U.S. Conference of Mayors last December sent Congress a $96.6 billion wish list of “shovel-ready” projects allegedly to create jobs and improve the nation’s infrastructure.  Among the mayors’ “‘Ready to Go’ Jobs and Infrastructure Projects” are $1.102 billion in projects involving sidewalks; $1 million for annual sewer rehabilitation in Casper, Wyo.; $6.1 million for corporate hangars, parking lots, and a business apron at the Fayetteville, Ark. airport; 15 projects with the term “stadium” in them; and 81 projects mentioning “landscaping” and/or beautification efforts.  Taxpayers should be most teed off at the 20 golf courses included on the list.  In response, CCAGW and the National Taxpayers Union this month offered a different solution to stimulate the economy:  a list of “ax-ready” programs and legislation that would reduce federal spending.  CAGW’s 2009 Prime Cuts outlines 700 recommendations to streamline the federal bureaucracy, totaling $1.9 trillion over five years, and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation holds a list of 2,150 spending cut bills introduced in the last nine Congresses that totaled more $9.5 trillion.  “The best way to stimulate the economy and create jobs is to cut wasteful spending and keep money in the private sector,” asserted CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  Read more about the mayors’ pork list.

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