The year in wasteful spending: #9 – #7
The next installment of our countdown of the 15 most unbelievable, irresponsible, and downright wasteful examples of government overspending from the past year.
Most schools forbid iPods, as they’re thought of as distractions. Utah administrators apparently don’t see it that way; they spent $1 million from their allotted emergency “stimulus” funds to purchase 1,600 iPod Touch devices for high school students to be used as “learning tools.”
The Metric Debate Continues
$1.5 million in “stimulus” funds was slated to change 400 road signs, such as highway exit signs, in Arizona from kilometers to miles. Residents in the relatively unpopulated southern corridor think the change will cause not only confusion, but also cost businesses and the service industry customers as drivers attempt to navigate the new “improved” roadway.
Job Creation Cost > Job Salary
In September, L.A.’s City Controller reported that they’d used $111 million in “stimulus” funds to create 55 jobs — at a cost of $2 million each. Think those 55 workers will receive holiday bonuses?
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