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Press Conference at Hawaii State Capitol 1.28.09

Release of the 2009 Hawaii Pork Report by Grassroot Institute and CAGW Exposes Waste in Hawaii Government.

Hawaii taxpayers recently paid almost $3000 for a state employee to travel to Los Angeles for the Grammy Music Awards, according to a new report from The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) and premiere taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). In the midst of a significant state budget shortfall, the 2009 Hawaii Pork Report reveals that bureaucrats continue to spend taxpayer dollars in questionable ways.

The exposé, which is the first of its kind in the state, reveals egregious waste, abuse and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars—and gives concrete examples of overspending to policymakers looking to trim fat from state and local budgets. Some examples of frivolous spending that are sure to raise the ire of hard-working citizens include:

•$2,829.91 for a state employee to travel to California for the Grammy Awards;

•$875,000 to reconstruct a hiking trail that is now barred from public access at a cost of an additional $50000 a year;

•$130,000 to an artist for ceramic tiles adorning water coolers at the Hawaii Convention Center; and

•$240,0000 for substitute custodians in public schools. Pearl Hahn, GRIH policy analyst and lead author of the report, remarked, The only thing more shocking than the sheer amount of waste is the degree to which government officials will go to hide that waste. This report …(more)