(I have finished about 40% of the amendments. Will finish more tomorrow. This takes longer than expected. If anybody wants to help, send me an email! – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
“The earmark favor factory needs to be boarded up and demolished, not turned over to new management that may or may not have a better eye for earmarks with ‘merit.’ ” – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn
Nothing brings out the earmarks like a $1.58B Transportation Bond bill. Today, by 3:00 P.M., amendments – many of which will be earmarks – are due on H4179, the transportation bond bill being taken up in formal session tomorrow. Already, five of the six amendments currently on the bill are earmarks. Four of those are from Republicans.
The total cost of the current earmarks, as of the time of this writing, is unknown as one of them is for the Tyngsborough Bridge, with no actual value attached. The current earmarks on the bill are as follows (this list will be updated periodically):
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Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) has an earmark to rename the Whitman MBTA Stop after Ned Kirby. He also has an earmark to study putting sound barriers on Route 18 in Abington.
Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) has an earmark to spend $500,000 on road and sidewalk improvements in Sandwich. He also has a $1,000,000 earmark to make overpass improvements on Route 6 at Exit 5.
Representative Colleen Garry (D-Dracut) has an earmark of unspecified size, calling for the design, study, and construction of a new bridge in the town of Tyngsborough, spanning the Merrimack River.