MN earmarks have gone to transportation
When it comes to earmarks, not all pork is created equal.
Congressional "earmarks" -- federal money obtained by lawmakers for projects in their districts, has become a dirty word these days, as their numbers increased 10-fold from 1995 to 2005, and their annual cost approached $30 billion.
Earmarks are different than regular budget items in that they are inserted into appropriations bills, with little scrutiny, during the budget process.
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