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Published: Thursday, April 15 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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If (and I'm not saying it is so) Utah legislature is SO against federal 'meddling' in their lives, why be first in line for federal money?
If Utah legislature was SO moral, wouldn't they stand behind what they advocate?
Working to be '50 out of 50', or dead last in federal spending would support this. Not being 13 out of 50.
The typical hypocrisy of Utah becomes clear when they want to SPEND the federal money but not do what the federal government ask’s.
And for those who claim 'well, the money was coming anyway.'
My response would be 'It wouldn't if Utah was TRULY against goverment spending.'

Do what I say, not what I do.


Looks like Bennett and Bishop are doing their job.
Until things are changed for everyone our reps need to be getting all the money for our state they can.
What use will a new senator do for our state?
To prove some kind of a point that we are the most conservative?
Are those who are pushing for a new state senator going to personally make up the money we will lose?
Are they going to hire all the people who will lose jobs without the federal funding?
Its real easy to be ultra conservative when you have money.

LDS Liberal

Utah No. 13 in federal pork-barrel spending
By Lee Davidson

Thanks Lee, good article.
I was quite frankly surprised Utah didn't rank higher but will way, way up above average.
And being the self proclaimed role model of conservatism - Utah SHOULD have been number 50.

And Thanks for once again pointing out the Conservative HYPOCRACY that exisits here in Pleastville.

Brother Chuck Schroeder

Why would Utah & GOP C. W. (Bill) Young want us to forget about Christopher Cox?. Mr. Cox was brought in by President Bush at a time when Republicans were mad that the previous chairman, William H. Donaldson, was voting with the Democrats on contentious issues. His mandate was to restore unity, and at first he seemed an ideal choice, stock broker misconduct attorney, stockbroker ratings, bad stock broker, stock broker misconduct, retirement investment fraud, variable annuity fraud, stock broker attorney. Cox, a former Republican congressman from Orange County, Calif., gave up his seat in Congress for the top job at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has long been defined as a pro-business lawmaker, a smart lawyer and one who knows how to navigate complicated business and tax policy. Cox counted lawyers and law firms among his biggest campaign contributors over the course of his congressional career. Real estate firms and securities and investment companies also heavily donated to Cox's campaigns. His old law firm, Latham & Watkins, was by far Cox's biggest contributor, followed by Fluor Corp. and the American Medical Association. NOW Michael S. Steele, RNC Chairman says Let's audit the Obama Democrats?.


Tisk, Tisk, Tisk... $500,000 for a culinary reserve in Draper? uhhhhuh. That's a lot of dough for some food. I'm hope nobody is going hungry - that better be a fancy name for a food bank.

And what, 3 million for research into alternative energy - only only by computer simulation? So the weather and solar charts allready available arn't good enough. What is somebody playing that SIMs game and putting up windmills in the virtuall world?

That pork has a fishy smell to it.


"There is too much federal land in Utah!" Oh, wait a minute, why not buy some more land and make a National Forest bigger!

It would make me laugh if it wasn't so sad. 10 to 1 Mr. Bishop and Mr. Bennett will come out and tell us how these expenditures are a good thing. After all this money had absolutely no effect on the national deficit which is evil and all President Obama's fault. Of course.


Looks like Utah has some 'Splainin' to do. Utah loves to gripe about federal governments big spending and how things need to change, but we're really just hypocrits if we can't even keep our state government in line, where's all the outrage? I guess as long as the people in office are LDS, then they are trusted to do "the right thing" Yet current events such as Garn and Killpatrick, and many others seem to show how naive people really are for electing and supporting them because of their so called "family values"

Brother Chuck Schroeder

Now we know why America has no monies left for the unemployed after seeing the Red State of Utah ranks No. 13 when it comes to receiving federal pork-barrel spending, according to the annual "Pig Book" so I say OINKERS AWAY with 'em. Oh I am sure The Tea Party started up much like Pirate Radio did, inspired by true events to. By not re-electing Congress in 2010, we can show them a big message, through cutting off their BIG testicular duties we no longer need nor want any more, dry them, grind them up and send them back to them in a pepper shaker to re-sprinkle it back on the hogwash they been feeding us Americans long enough. A measure restoring jobless benefits of up to 99 weeks for people struggling to find work after months of unemployment has hit a snag in the Senate. Despite winning the Republican vote they needed, Democrats fell just short of the 60 votes necessary to defeat a GOP challenge to the jobless benefits measure. Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy was absent to attend the funeral of a close friend. Republicans were seeking to force Congress again hey?.


'Yet current events such as Garn and Killpatrick, and many others seem to show how naive people really are for electing and supporting them because of their so called "family values".' - 1:14 p.m.

Naruto, let's not forget, Utah got 2.3 billion dollars of the stimulus. You know, the one they petitioned against.
I think Bennet asked for stimulus money...8 times!


Republicans say they are for less government but as you can see they are for MORE government spending.

Dave from Taylorsville

I say, until they get rid of earmarks, let's get our "fair share."

And remember, this was our congressional team, not the state legislature. It's a bit mind boggling as to how an article pointing to FEDERAL earmarking and pork barrel money is blamed on our state legislature.

It's just too bad we couldn't correlate between the pork money and the state budget deficit. Seeing is some of that funding can offset our state money woes.

Monsieur le prof

I've seen some pork barrel spending before and thought they were ridiculous, but looking at the projects listed, I didn't see that many that looked like they wouldn't be useful.

If Utah doesn't spend the allotted money, it doesn't go back to the people, it just goes to someone else and nothing really is gained except some kind of moral victory that may harm some people's jobs.


The biggest problem is the double standard - many of us don't want to see the pork brought home, but if you bring none, the Federal Govt still robs us of our property through taxes.

Huge headache - no good solution except for minimizing national govt. As long as they keep stealing through taxes, we have to find ways to steal it back. It sickens me.

Let the states handle spending - if you want big social programs and larger unemployment benefits, etc. then move to a state that supports it. If you want high-risk, high-reward capitalism, move to a state going that route.

Brother Chuck Schroeder

Shame on YOU Bob Bennett - your fired - $14,038,041 for 12 projects by Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Robert Bennett (R-Utah), including: $5,560,800 for the Agricultural Research Center in Logan; $2,616,555 for a Utah conservation initiative; $1,191,600 for function genomics research; $559,059 for high performance computing; and $186,684 for pasture and forage research. $3,260,019 for four projects by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas): $1,709,946 for sorghum research and $1,550,073 for the Plant Stress and Water Conservation Lab. etc.


If they are going to take the pork, they should at least stop complaining about federal spending, they are part of the problem.


Hate to take an unpopular position, but earmarks are not the evil we think they are.

Earmarks dictate where money that has already been appropriated can be spent. It doesn't add new expenditures. In the end it is actually a good thing because it kind of guarantees that money will be spent where it is most needed, taking some of the potential for abuse out of the system.

It is a popular thing to attack right now because pretty much everyone does it, making it an easy target for negative campaigning against incumbents.

Chaffetz, in his Zeal to look like a hero to conservatives is actually hurting the State and the Republican Party by barking up a popular tree and misrepresenting this practice to the public.

Bennett is not as wrong as his opponents would have you believe but again, it is an easy target for a negative campaign because the public doesn't really understand it.


'Huge headache - no good solution except for minimizing national govt.' - 2:56 p.m.

'The Pig Book said Utah governments and companies obtained $151.3 million in earmarked "pork" spending in appropriations bills. That comes out to $54.34 per person in Utah, which ranked No. 13 in the nation, and was double the national average of $27.36 per person.' - article

Madden, you cannot tell me national goverment is part of the problem when Utah got $151 million dollars in federal money.
That is DOUBLE what any other person in the country paid!
Utah is not part of the solution, it is part of the problem.

Brother Chuck Schroeder

Utah's STAR icon Sen. Hatch was in on this to, why the homeless and unemployed suffer. $45,677,328 for 24 projects by Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), including: $27,643,472 directed to the Yazoo River and Basin, a plan long derided as wasteful, with an estimated cost of $200 million, which would drain thousands of acres of wetlands and forests in order to increase useable farm land; $1,968,000 for bioengineering research training at Jackson State University; $590,400 for the University of Mississippi Medical Center for research in the areas of increasing efficiency by reducing the amount of contrast media needed for certain procedures; and $3,936,000 for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. $9,089,000 by Senate Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) for construction, renovation, and equipment at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. A press release appearing on Sen. Shelby's website on June 21, 2007 specified that a 70,000 square foot interdisciplinary health services building would be constructed at his alma mater using Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) money.


Boo, pork barrel spending!

Oh, wait, you mean all that money from the government that pays for my aerospace job? Yay, pork barrel spending!

And of course it's long been the case that the most conservative states all around the country (including Utah) are the ones that receive more money in federal spending than they contribute in federal taxes. In other words, wealthy liberal states are subsidizing the freeloading poor conservative states.

It's the murkin' way!

Dixie Dan

As bad as all this pork appears to be, it is still almost 50% less than the Republican controlled Congress spent in 2006 when they had $29 Billion in ear marks. Don't you just love the hypocracy of the Patrick Henry party?

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