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Let's Cut Some Spending: $500,000 for a skate park

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Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.

In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.

Today’s offering: $500,000 for a skate park!

Northern Rhode Island News reports:

A project to build a new skate park in Burrillville with help from a $500,000 federal grant is now underway, with town officials consulting with local youth as they explore potential new locations.
'We’re looking into the sites,' Public Works Director Jeffrey McCormick told members of the Town Council this month. 'I have this group of kids that I met with and this is the kind of thing that they’re in to.'
The initiative to build a new park or renovate the current 15-year-old Chapel Street facility started last year with a petition by resident Jordan Roy, which, to date, has garnered 585 signatures.
An application for grant funding was completed late last year by Town Planner Raymond Goff and Planning Aide Nicole Stockwell, and submitted by former Congressional Rep. Jim Langevin as part of the federal budget, with support from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

Skateboarding is a great activity for young people.

But why are taxpayers nationwide having to pay for a skate park, anywhere?

Just because something is a good idea does not mean it should be federally funded.

NO ONE in Washington seems to understand this, apparently.


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