Local Pork Controversy?
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 :::
The full employment act for Richmond reporters (also known as the ongoing legislative budget tango), is keeping at least two TD scribes off the streets. Regrettably, their opportunities for additional work have not increased their writing abilities. Roads in Northern Virginia is still described as "traffic-clogged." Tax foes within the legislature remain "anti-tax hawks." And car tax "relief" is, and will forever remain, it seems, "increasingly pricey" (nevermind that the total state burden has been capped).
There was one item in the piece that seemed somewhat fresh, however:
Local pork could cause controversy.
The House wants to spread $40 million among museums, theaters and charitable organizations. The biggest beneficiary would be a financially shaky horse center in Lexington - a pet project of budget conferee Del. Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford - which would receive $4.5 million. The Senate has a $29 million wish list that includes only $900,000 for the center.
I've said it many times before, but the legislature lacks the legal authority to spend money on charitable organizations. In a world where elected worthies actually take the time to read and understand the constitution, they would realize this and there would be no "controversy." Alas. While "reading is fundamental," understanding is not.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 5/30/2006