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Government Waste


From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, via Greg Mankiw’s indispensable blog:

Milwaukee Public Schools would reap $88.6 million over two years for new construction under the economic stimulus package just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives – even though the district has 15 vacant school buildings, a large surplus of property and no plans for new construction….The amounts for MPS are particularly eye-catching, and not only because they are the largest in the state. Enrollment is declining every year, and the last major wave of construction in MPS – the $102 million Neighborhood School Initiative launched in 2000 – resulted in projects that are underused, have not met enrollment projections or have closed.

Just imagine how many such examples will pop up as the stimulus money gets spent.