There is always a lot of talk about the Congress approving those dreaded ‘pork barrel’ items, which send taxpayer dollars to sometimes questionable projects in a certain state or city. But there isn’t much of a focus on pork doled out by the Executive Branch.For example, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday a series of grants for a dozen fire departments around the country, all funded by the economic stimulus law of last year.
“Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced more than $23 million in Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG) funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)–designed to support the nation’s first responders while creating jobs and stimulating local economies,” read the DHS release.
Included are: Klamath County Fire District 1 (OR) – $4,997,804 and Gates Rural Fire Protection (OR) – $1,582,821
Those twelve projects total $24.47 million. There are thousands and thousands of more items like that which are funded by various federal agencies each year.
But compared to “Legislative Pork” – these projects get little attention in the news.
I would like to give more publicity to these kinds of decisions, but the various government agencies don’t make it easy. It’s something that probably needs a little more sunlight.
I wonder what kind of “jobs” are supposed to be created at a Volunteer Fire Department? Gates consists of a small store, a Mexican restaurant and a trailer park. The population is in the 2 digit range and the locally employed population is in the single digits.