Yesterday, Gov. Rendell held a press conference to make note that Tom Corbett was overstating the amount of Pennsylvania taxpayer money Rendell was wasting on pork-barrel projects. Examples cited include the Arlen Specter Library, funded via the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
While the Specter Library is easy to pick on — because it’s such an egregious use of taxpayer money, and since Specter may have had a hand in the demise of the Library of Alexandria in 48 BC — there have been other notable issues with the recent use of RACP funds (i.e., state government debt for pork projects).
- John Baer notes how $20 million in borrowed RACP funds are going to a project led by a Rendell buddy/campaign donor. Gov. Rendell has promised this funding for a new resort locals don’t want.
- RACP will help fund another sports stadium, though local officials don’t have enough details.
- Despite the House passing a tax on the natural gas industry, RACP money would also go to fund projects boosting gas development in the Marcellus Shale.
- Philly.com’s Our Money blog offers a primer on how RACP goes to millionaires.
- RACP will subsidize a new movie theater in State College.
- And Robert Swift has compiled a number of proposed projects in the Hazleton Area and Scranton Area.