August 23, 2012
Eighteen billion dollars. That is how much money American taxpayers have paid since 1995 to subsidize the production of four junk food ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn starch, and soy oil. Instead of using our tax money to produce healthy fruits and vegetables, the dollars major agribusinesses receive from the federal government too often ends up as empty calories. This is government waste at its finest. It's even more ridiculous given that rates of childhood obesity have tripled in the past three decades.
April 24, 2012
Thank you, Susan Reimer , for expressing my outrage over how taxpayers are shafted and played for fools ("From Cartagena to Vegas, partying on taxpayers' dime," April 23). The way the government squanders our money is obscene, and it's too bad Occupy Baltimore won't get on the case. I plan to protest a similar boondoggle perpetrated by the State Department that's ripping us off. All the summer job J-1 Visas so generously available make it more profitable for an employer to hire a foreign student for a job instead of employing an American.
April 23, 2012
It has been a tough news cycle for taxpayers. Not only did we get a real-time look on April 17 at what we donate to the government, we also are getting a harrowing look at how the government spends it. The General Services Administration, often referred to as the government's personal shopper, blew $822,000 flying 300 of its employees to Las Vegas for a four-day bonding experience that included a clown, a mind-reader and $7,000 worth of...
August 16, 2011
When we lived off Lake Avenue, I noticed the lights on the Falls Road bridge over the railroad tracks were often on in the day. I have also noticed that typically some of the west side Beltway lights are on. Wednesday, for example, a long string of these lights were on as we traveled the Westside at 9 a.m. and were still on when we returned seven hours later. These are not isolated instances and have been going on for years - no, decades. This is another example of government waste.
November 1, 2010
The Sun praises Maryland bridge chief Earle Freedman's devotion to building beautiful bridges, such as the one that carries Reisterstown Road across the Beltway ( "Career of Md.'s longest-serving worker spans 60 years," Nov. 1). You don't mention the price Maryland taxpayers pay for Mr. Freedman's aesthetic preferences. Do we really need "brickwork and antique-style lighting fixtures" on a bridge over a freeway? How many millions of our dollars have been spent over the years to satisfy Mr. Freedman's personal taste?
October 18, 2010
In an ironic twist, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, the council member who spoke up loudest in opposition to a plan last year to slash the budget of Baltimore's inspector general, finds himself in the crosshairs of the city government watchdog over spending on a computer contract. According to a report filed by Inspector General David N. McClintock, Mr. Young's office paid a private contractor who was already working for the transportation department $3,700 to work on his website without establishing a new agreement for the work.