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04/07/06

Local Cities In Pig Book

by Donna McCollum

Nacogdoches and Lufkin leaders object to having several local projects listed as a 'waste' of taxpayers' dollars. Both cities were listed in the 'Pig Book, a collection of 'pork barrel' spending published by a citizens watchdog group.

Two hundred thousand dollars appropriated to the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center is categorized as 'wasteful spending.' City leaders say a federal loan that was forgiven recently enabled the city to maintain 'low to moderate' income jobs.

In Lufkin $300,000 to the civic center was listed as 'wasteful government spending.' The same amount for bus and vehicle replacement can be found in the Pig Book.

Local governments may benefit from the funding, but the Citizens Against Government Waste believe too many congressional leaders  take tax dollars and use the money for projects that benefit them back home.

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