Thursday, September 04, 2008

No wonder they don't like transparency!

The folks over at the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) took a closer look at Missouri's use of taxpayer funds, and the findings were shocking.

NTU reports: "Missouri Tax Dollars Spent at Beauty Salons, Bra Shops, and Donut Bakeries, Review Finds."

Bra shops? Seriously? What's worse- apparently this was an on-going expenditure, totalling more than $15,000 over 8 years! I'd honestly like to see someone try and explain that one. I realize it is a relatively small amount out of an overall state budget, but that is no excuse.

A review by the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) of an online database listing Missouri's public expenditures found more than $2.4 million of taxpayer money spent for questionable purposes over the past eight years, including purchases made at bakeries, beauty salons, bra stores, coffee shops, and picture-framing galleries, among others.

Kudos to NTU for their efforts to expose this type of wasteful spending. Now if we could only get a clear picture of where all of Virginia's tax dollars were being spent...


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