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Earmark requests for Kansas

The federal omnibus spending bill introduced earlier this week has now been abandoned. That’s good, because even with all the talk about earmark reform, this bill was loaded. Based on a database compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense, I’ve compiled a list of earmarks requested for Kansas. These are requested, not passed, and their future status is unknown.

The list is presented below. It’s illuminating to experience the breadth of earmark requests made and their justifications.

Here’s an example of just how out of control these requests can become. A request by Senator Sam Brownback, who is soon to become Governor of Kansas, is titled “75th Street Utility Undergrounding.” It asks for $4,500,000 to convert overhead utility wires to underground on a 2.9 mile section of a major arterial street in Prairie Village, in Johnson County.

I suppose that most cities have streets where it would be desirable to replace overhead utilities with underground. There are many advantages, not to mention aesthetic appeal. But why should one suburban Kansas City town be singled out from all others for this special treatment?

According to an analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense, Brownback has requested, either by himself or with another member of Congress, 61 earmarks with a cost of $125,552,000. That ranked 29th among senators.

Kansas Requested Earmarks, Fiscal Year 2011

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous December 17, 2010

    Around 2.7B, that’s a little more than 10% of the Kansas budget. Would more the cover the state deficit.

    It leads to the big question, will the federal government bail out the states that will be going bankrupt in the next few years or let them default?

  2. Lauren December 21, 2010

    Thanks for the transparency, Bob. Glad you’re being a watchdog.

  3. Benjamin December 22, 2010

    I warned everyone of the snake Brownstain and Toad Tiahrt. No different than the dim-o-cants. Kansas will remain in debt and the same crappy state it has been. Vote 3rd party!

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