Citizens Against Government Waste has released its “2004 Congressional Pig Book,” exposing pork projects earmarked by Congress. And, Missouri’s share of the other white meat. A total of $22.9-Billion was spent on 10,656 projects classified by Citizens Against Government Waste as Congressional pork. Missouri received $170-Million of that amount. The group’s President Tom Schatz there’s no logic to this federal spending because much of it goes to communities for things that should not be paid for by the federal government. Of course, one person’s pork is another person’s pet project. Senator Christopher Bond and southeast Missouri Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson, members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, respectively, have brought home their share of the bacon … or, as those who benefit might call it … money for projects that are of vital importance to the state or the Congressional district. Schatz says it’s still wrong. Missouri – not the biggest pig in the litter, but certainly not the runt, finished in the middle of the pack in the suckling order – coming in 29th.
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