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Monday, January 16, 2006

Drink Up!

Following up on Norm's post on the business of liquor from earlier today, James Atticus Brown has a great article today over at Bacon's Rebellion.

Check out his article on the Virginia Department of Education's alcohol expenditures. Seems the folks at the DOE have already spent $68k on alcohol in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2006. I'm still trying to figure out what that has to do with educating Virginia's students...

While you're there, check out Mike Thompson's article on the Commonwealth's budget growth and some areas of "low hanging fruit."

~whitney

2 Comments:

  • You guys want to save some money? Why not go to your collegues in the General Assembly and tell them to stop all this feel-good legislation. This crap flows down to the state agencies who then have to follow through with it. But it will never stop. Why?- Because all legislators want to be Santa Claus.

    #2 - Go after the education crowd, especially the colleges and universities. College Presidents making nearly $500,000 a year in salary and perks is a travesty. But this won't stop either. Why? Because education is the sacred cow in the General Assembly.

    So then what do we do and how do we cut state spending. Well, that's easy. Just order a 3 or 5% reduction on each agency. The big boys or heads of the departments are not going to cut their own salaries, so the budget cuts will fall on the lowly secretary or field personnel. Let them walk the plank.

    By Anonymous Uncle Lester, at 1/16/2006 10:13 PM  

  • Thanks for posting this. You need to check again at Bacon's Rebellion where I posted the response from a Tech VP who told me I read it wrong - it wasn't booze spending, it was booze selling. It was 'technically Commonwealth money' that had to be reported but not really.

    Also, he thought my op ed was an 'attack on state government', which is such a hoot.

    By Blogger James Atticus Bowden, at 1/17/2006 3:36 PM  

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