The Palmetto Insider

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Trees Over People

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As if we didn’t already know  government is way out-of-touch with the real needs of the average American, a new report from Senator Tom Coburn and Senator John McCain looks at the 100 worst stimulus projects (to date ).

South Carolina makes the list as part of #15:

15. Tree Planting and Urban Forest Creation (NV, SC, PA, GA) – $2.6 million

Four states plan to spend nearly $2.6 million to plant trees in urban areas as part of an effort to help the green economy. In Nevada, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $490,000 to the Nevada Division of Forestry to make 2,500 trees available for free to organizations willing to plant them, as well as to provide “landscape management classes for the green industry workforce in the Las Vegas Valley area.” Local Las Vegas assemblyman John Hambrick was not impressed with the project saying, “It certainly doesn’t sound like it’s creating a job, or have a direct benefit to the unemployment rate, or to the needs of the citizens of southern Nevada.”

South Carolina and Pennsylvania were awarded $897,000 and $300,000 respectively to plant trees. And, in Georgia, nearly $900,000 was granted to the Georgia Forestry Commission to provide, among other benefits, “more shade.”

To put things into perspective, that $900,000 is equivalent to the per capita income of 28 South Carolinians. Trees over people … that’s where government is these days.

Here’s our own list of the 10 worst stimulus projects in South Carolina.


Written by Jameson Taylor

August 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

Posted in Stimulus

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  1. […] week, we wrote about coming in at #15 (tree planting, anyone?) on Senator Tom Coburn and Senator John McCain’s worst stimulus project […]

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