Senators blast Oregon for stimulus waste projects
On December 8th, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn and Senator John McCain released their Stimulus Checkup Report. The report lists 100 projects as part of the $700 billion stimulus program targeted as waste. Four Oregon projects made the list are listed below:
Recovering Crab Pots Lost At Sea ($700,000)
Renovations for Federal Building as Expensive as New Building ($133 million)
The money will go toward greening the Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in the hope of making it a model for energy efficient government offices in the Northwest
Removing Lead Paint from a Pedestrian Bridge ($3.5 million)
Wastewater Treatment Center with “Talking Water Gardens” ($8 million)
In order to spend the money as fast as possible, the city of Albany will issue a non-competitive contract for work on the project. According to the city‘s planning document, the waterfall component is expected to have an important acoustical impact that is the driver for the name "Talking Water Gardens." Local residents will also be facing an increase in sewer rates to pay for the new water treatment system.
At least one talking water garden saved or created! Who else can't wait to see what we get with Stimulus 3?