From the TN Beacon Center Website:
The Beacon Center of Tennessee today released its 2012 Tennessee Pork Report, exposing the fact that state and local governments across Tennessee wasted $468 million over the past year. This is the seventh annual report published by the Beacon Center, Tennessee’s leading free market think tank.
Examples of wasteful spending outlined in the 2012 Pork Report include:
- $1.5 million blown on a mansion and lavish furnishings by the head of the Upper Cumberland Development District, taking Beacon’s “Pork of the Year” prize;
- A handout worth $500,000 to build a country music museum in a different state;
- Another $1.5 million in corporate welfare to General Motors, even after its historic $50 billion federal bailout;
- $266,000 to a second car company, Volkswagen, to construct a massive sign atop its Chattanooga plant, visible only from the air;
- $50,000 to haul off dead cows in Columbia; and
- $1.3 million wasted yet again on state-owned golf courses.