Budget Watch 2011: Lawmakers still funding waste

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Examples of provisos proposed in the 2011 House budget include . . .

  • For the sixth year in a row, $500,000 to study the feasibility of a new road (I-74).
  • A blank check for the Commerce Department to use in incentive deals.
  • More than $3 million for taxpayer-funded tourism marketing campaigns.
  • Two provisos offering hefty tax rebates to Hollywood filmmakers.
  • A ban on staff reductions at the State House Gift Shop and the Santee Welcome Center.
  • State agencies charging “rent” for buildings the state already owns. For example, the State Museum is directed to pay $1.8 million in rent to the Budget and Control Board.
  • $500,000 to preserve historical artifacts.

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