Wasteful Budget Amendments

Legislators are spending this week debating the state budget. Keeping with Beacon Hill’s tradition of wasteful spending, many of the budget amendments are nothing more than giveaways to politicians’ pet projects.

Here at Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, we track wasteful spending so the public is aware of how Beacon Hill is misusing our tax dollars. Here are the five most egregious amendments from the budget debate:

  • $90,000 for the Russian Community Association – Amendment #46 by Rep. Brendan Crighton (D – Lynn)
  • $210,000 for a new commission to study options for iPhone repair – Amendment #408 by Rep. Claire Cronin (D – Easton)
  • $120,000 to for the Self Esteem Boston Program – Amendment #856 by Rep. Gloria Fox (D – Boston)
  • $75,000 for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra – Amendment #555 by Rep. Brian Ashe (D – Longmeadow)
  • $250,000 for marketing an antique car show in Boston – Amendment #614 by Rep. Chris Walsh (D – Framingham)
Whether it’s car shows, fixing iPhones, or boosting Bostonians’ self-esteem, these amendments all show government acting as a piggy bank for politicians’ pet projects. That’s the wrong approach to spending public money.

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