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Bridge too hazardous

...little $462M bonus transportation fund to replace this bridge with a safe, 4-lane version. I don't think the budget watchdogs down south will complain about this one. Bob Deering Juneau
Stevens, Young defend earmarks

...percent is doled out to the minority. Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan budget watchdog group, said earmarks are a bipartisan problem, though Democrats were able to push through new rules this year to...
Mat-Su wanted ferry, gets $78 million landing craft and wonders what to do with it

...attention and derision as a "ferry to nowhere" from Fox News, the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call and federal budget watchdogs. Then-Borough Manager John Duffy took offense and fired back. "This catch phrase with its echoes of the 'bridge...
Bill bans state from spending on bridges

...particularly the Gravina Island bridge - became symbols of wasted federal funding for critics natiowide, including budget watchdogs, comedians, talk-show hosts, and Republicans and Democrats alike.
Stevens brings back millions

...25 million for a ski area in Fairbanks and $21 million for a fisheries lab in Juneau. And there's a lot more. Budget watchdogs count Stevens as one of Congress' top pork producers. Citizens Against Government Waste say Alaska is No. 1 in...
New cost estimate for Ketchikan bridges up 37 percent

...assailed the Gravina project as expensive and unnecessary. In 2003 it was selected for a Golden Fleece Award from the budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. Ketchikan residents now reach their airport by ferry. The bridges would allow...
Proposed bridge faces questions

...the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. But Young is now in the U.S. House minority, Murkowski is out of office and budget watchdogs have mocked the project as a symbol of pork-barrel spending. Former Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch resigned in...
Alaska ponders life after Stevens

...continue to receive federal money simply because it exists and is necessary, said Keith Ashdown of the Washington budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. But that doesn't mean all Alaska's defense-related earmarks will continue...


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