Even if the Internet is destroying newspapers, at least federal spending still offers plenty to write about as the media ships sink. Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation offers a bucket of candy to watchdogs in this top 50 list of wasteful government spending, complete with links to each story.
You can skim the list to learn that Washington will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job and Congress recently gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 to paint a Chinook salmon on a Boeing 737. Or click on the accompanying link to read the news story for each item.
Got any tips about Virginia spending? Please let me know.
On a similar vein, I spent the afternoon calling state budget departments to ask them this question: why are most states griping about dangerous funding shortfalls this year even though they’re bringing in revenues equal to 2006 levels? My colleagues at watchdog.org report that total state taxation increased 46 percent since 2003. Look for a longer report soon.