At the federal level, Congress voted to fund the “International Peace Garden,” “America’s Wetland Center,” bike paths, and a baseball stadium in the transportation budget, rather than dedicate that funding to bridge repair. In Minnesota, they raised taxes to build the Twins a stadium. And here in PA, we are using transporation dollars for “ambience” in Lancaster, a transportation museum in Allentown, and a better view from the Capitol in Harrisburg
Yahoo! News has a story about McCain “backing off” an earlier statement that pork barrel projects caused the Minnesota bridge collapse. However, while earmarks didn’t cause the bridge to collaps – structural errors did – they didn’t help either, and McCain is correct to hammer on pork spending in transportation, especially when others are crying that we need more spending in transportation.