Fiscal austerity brought on by the economic crisis is causing states to figure out how to increase revenues or cut expenditures. On the day of the likely failure of several ballot initiatives in California which seek to do the former, the “Louisiana Pork Report,” published by the Pelican Institute for Public Policy and Citizens Against Government Waste, suggests projects that the authors argue Louisiana can do without. Find the whole thing here.
The introduction pulls no punches:
The Louisiana Pork Report reveals rampant and undisciplined spending by Louisiana’s state and local governments. It unmasks an ingrained addiction to overspending as the real culprit behind the state’s budget crisis. Whether reading the following makes one laugh, cry, or both, it should inspire a heightened commitment to greater transparency and accountability from state and local government.