Boondoggles: Federal Funds for “Transportation Enhancements”?
The spending never stops. It never will until the Great Default. Here is another example.
The House has passed H.R. 2887, a bill to reauthorize expiring aviation and surface transportation programs for a few months.
Embedded in the bill are Transportation Enhancements (TE). What is this? It is a program run by the Department of Transportation. It forces states to build bicycle paths, extend “highway beautification,” and build transportation museums. “In the past, federal funds have been used by states to build animal highways for salamanders, frogs, and turtles.”
States are forced to do this as a condition of receiving money to build and repair actual highways for people. This eats up 10% of all federally received highway funds.
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