What Rhode Island Got in Its Stocking

Another day, another few hundred billion. While the House was busy with another $155 billion economic stimulus bill, the Senate this week approved the $446.8 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010. The Providence Business News has a good breakdown of what Rhode Island got out of this deal. Some of it, like a new bridge, street paving in Providence, and an inustrial park in Tiverton, is not as egregious. But other items are real head-scratchers. Like $120,000 to that wonderful engine of economic development, Progresso Latino. Or $116,000 to Brown University to renovate a medical-education building. Remember, this is the same University that apparently has enough money to throw around to commit $10 million in slavery reparations payments to Providence public schools. Sound like our federal lawmakers are going off the financial deep end? Well at least they put in $8.3 million for ocean exploration.

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