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MN earmarks have gone to transportation

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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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