Killing WAMs popular with local legislators, but they await details
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#1 Mar 9, 2011
From Democracy Rising PA
Since the 1970's, Pennsylvania lawmakers have claimed an increasing amount of the state budget for what were nicknamed WAMs, which stands for Walking Around Money. In 1995, after the state Supreme Court upheld a unanimous Commonwealth Court ruling that declared WAMs to be unconstitutional, WAMs were re-named Legislative Initiative Grants.
But they're still WAMs, and they're still illegal because they violate multiple sections of the Constitution, just as they did in the 1990's. Now amounting to as much as $750 million a year in the state budget, WAMs are granted through a secret process that doesn't allow citizens to know how decisions are made about who got the money, for what purpose and why others who are equally in need of state funds and equally deserving of them received nothing.
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