- Mary Jane bourbon + smokehouse + Cape (7/9/18)4
- Dexter Bar-B-Que in Jackson moving location (7/12/18)1
- Voters to choose from crowded field for Scott County presiding commissioner (7/10/18)1
- Car packages: Local stores adding pickup services as part of nationwide trend (7/14/18)1
- Developer: Construction moving into new phases on Marriott (7/12/18)1
- New safety measures being put in place in Jackson School District (7/11/18)3
- Harbor Freight to open next week in Cape Girardeau (7/10/18)
- Former police officer, disabled vet vie for state representative seat (7/11/18)2
- Business Notebook: A flexible future: Yoga East Healing Arts Studio has a new owner in Sue Greenwood (7/9/18)
- 'It's just time': PFLAG chapter starting in Cape (7/6/18)35
Emerson's out-of-state earmarks
Let's re-evaluate congressional earmarks. Used to help local governments with projects, earmarks also fund private nonprofit organizations as well. Our own representative appropriated for two organizations outside Missouri.
The Congressional Hunger Fund is a scholarship program for post-graduate college students who "study" the hungry, not feed them. Originally a federal program eliminated by Congress, Bill Emerson converted it into a nonprofit organization.
Jo Ann Emerson is now co-chair of the board of directors. Fellow directors include notables like Sen. Al Franken. For the 2010 budget, she requested $3 million in taxpayer dollars to support this D.C.-based organization.
In a another instance, she requested $500,000 in taxpayer dollars for the New York City-based Girl Scouts of America to start a completely new program on "financial literacy."
We are going broke. Neither earmark was worth risking our grandchildren's financial future.
LARRY BILL, 2543 Prairie View Trail, Jackson, MO 63755
Committee to Elect Lawrence David Bill for Congress, Daniel Ray Brown, Treasurer, 2543 Prairie View Trail, Jackson, MO 63755