OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 :::

McDonnell Has Reviewed Legislative Earmarks

The Martinsville Conference generated a bit of news. During the Q&A session with AG Bob McDonnell, I asked whether his office had been requested to look at the General Assembly's use of earmarks for private, nonprofit organizations.

He said his office has looked into the matter.

Which means someone in power had to request it.

Take a bow, Chris.

Granted, we're not talking about a great deal of money here -- a drop in the bucket, actually, compared to overall spending. But the totals compare nicely to that of the $137 million education funding error in this year's budget -- and that's gotten a great deal of ink. Will McDonnell's opinion on earmarks receive the same level of attention in the state press? Hope springs eternal.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 8/29/2006 0 comments


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