Federal “Pork” at record high in 1991

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At approximately $500 million, the total of earmarked funds going to universities and colleges in the fiscal year 1991 federal budget was at an all-time high. Although the full tally of “pork” in the new 1992 budget is not yet available, the total is not expected to meet or surpass that of 1991, due to the caps on discretionary funding required by the budget agreement.

The following data were taken from a memo prepared by staff of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for its chairman, George E. Brown, Jr. (D-Calif.). The top 10 states receiving earmarked funds in 1991 were Pennsylvania ($54.3 million), Iowa ($38.7), Alaska ($35.0), Massachusetts ($32.6), Louisiana ($24.4), Washington, D.C. ($21.0, includes appropriations to Howard University, Gallaudet University, and the University of the District of Columbia, which receive their basic operating budgets through federal appropriations), West Virginia ($19.9), Oregon ($18.9), New Jersey ($18.1), and Hawaii ($16.2).

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