Cities will feel pinch of government’s earmark ban

WASHINGTON – With escalating pressure to cut government spending, Congress has taken aim at local projects, also known as earmarks. That could hurt communities across the United States secure federal dollars for local colleges, road projects and other priorities.

“We have benefitted from them, as I’m sure the rest of the state has,” said Cedar Rapids, Iowa Mayor Ron Corbett.
Last year, a $500,000 earmark helped the town’s National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library recover from a 2008 flood. Another $500,000 earmark went to the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
Earmarks have been under fire from budget hawks for years. But they have had amazing survival power as lawmakers depended on them to meet needs in the community and bolster their standing with local interests.

http://www.capitolnewsconnection.org/node/15790

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March 16th, 2011

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