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Parks and Stimulus

The stimulus bill appears set to now pass the U.S. Senate. One problem for parks. Sen. Coburn (R-Okla.) successfully inserted an amendment that restricts any funds from going to local parks. The exact language:

None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.

The bill is now headed to conference committee, where it can again be altered to remove or edit this piece. If we hear more on this, and who would be good to call (i.e. conference committee members) in support of taking it out, we’ll p0st something further.

2 Responses

  1. I don’t understand the discrimination towards some spending projects over others. The point is to spend money that in turn creates jobs immediately. Money for parks would create temporary construction jobs up front just like any other project…they would also create long-term permanent jobs for the people who maintain and operate the parks. Am I missing some glaring problem?

  2. […] for Parks, Back in Stimulus Posted on February 13, 2009 by Ben The provision by Sen. Coburn to prohibit any community park from receiving funding from the stimulus package has […]

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