Just say no to earmarks
FORT MYERS An Interstate 75 interchange study in southwest Florida that would have been paid for by a controversial congressional earmark has been removed from a regional road plan.Congressman Mack got a Knucklehead award for his threats. Now will voters finally decide to vote blackmailing crooks like Young and his ilk out of office?
The Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 10-3 Friday to scuttle a proposed study on the interchange that would have connected I-75 to Coconut Road in Lee County, despite warnings from some on the board and the board's staff that the move could hurt the county's chances for federal road money. Some in Congress have suggested as much, including Fort Myers Republican Connie Mack.
Local officials never asked for federal money to pay for the interchange, but Lee County leaders voted in June to go forward with the study anyway. It would have been paid for by a $10 million earmark put into the federal budget by U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who made it clear the money could be used only for the Coconut Road interchange study.
Area newspapers reported that Young got the money into the federal budget after benefiting from a fundraiser two years ago that was hosted by a builder who owns land surrounding the proposed interchange.
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