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December 24, 2008 at 12:00 PM

U.S. Conference of Mayors

Aren’t we in a recession?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has put together a wish list of projects it wishes the next Congress and incoming president to fund in his “New Deal” idea. I find some of these projects very interesting: $1.1 billion for 41 projects to improve Amtrak infrastructure, $718.5 million for 54 projects directed to museums, $192.6 million for 12 projects directed to stadiums, including $150 million for the Metromover Extension to Marlins Stadium in Miami, Florida.

(In 2008, the Florida Marlins had the worst attendance in Major League Baseball, playing in front of an average crowd of 16,668 fans, or 45.9 percent of their stadium’s capacity).

Also on the wish list was $87 million for 56 projects for bicycle paths, $6 million for a reclamation/improvement project at Surfers Point beach in Ventura, Calif., $1.5 million for an initiative to reduce prostitution in Dayton, Ohio; $700,000 to plant 1,600 trees along the sidewalks in Providence, R.I.; and, $500,000 for environmentally friendly golf courses in Dayton, Ohio.

We can throw some great pork ideas from our state with these colossal wastes of taxpayer money with the following: $1.6 million for stadium improvements at Auburn Memorial Stadium, $6 million for rerouting a creek in Bremerton, $300,000 for Habitat for Humanity housing in Everett, $150,000 for major home repairs in Lakewood, $7 million for Qwest Field improvements and $316,000 for a Nutrition Program space rehabilitation in Seattle.

It is a shame our mayors and other elected officials have chosen to waste taxpayer money during an economic downturn.

–Todd Welch, Everett

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