Friday, June 19, 2009

Eau Claire State Legislators Defend "Earmarks"

Link to June 18 Eau Claire Leader Telegram article, "Local Democrats: Budget 'earmarks' needed".

Local Democrats defended their use of controversial state budget "earmarks" as the only way to get funding for public projects threatened during a tough economy.

During state Assembly and Senate budget talks, local legislators managed to get or keep a few items into the budget, including highway repair in Chippewa County, money for Eau Claire's library and funding for a shooting range.

"We invest in the state as much as anybody else; it should come back to Eau Claire," said Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire.

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