WASHINGTON, D.C. — Every year Congressional lawmakers seek to insert spending requests in the annual appropriations bills. These earmarked dollars usually go to fund state-specific projects and endeavors.
But these requests, which have led to questionable projects like the infamous bridge to nowhere in Alaska, are not without controversy. In an effort add transparency to the process, representatives and senators were told by Congressional leaders to post their earmark requests on their websites this year.
This map shows a geographical layout of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s earmark requests for fiscal year 2010. You can click on any item to learn the size and purpose of that earmark.
Click here for an 800×550 pixel version of this map.
Since the U.S. Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken was not resolved until June, Klobuchar was the only senator from Minnesota to make earmark requests this year.
MinnPost will be adding to this map with more information about requests from Minnesota’s U.S. representative as well as another map of earmarks that have been approved.
A note about the map
The following earmark requests from Klobuchar were not included on the map because they involve multi-state requests or requests for states other than Minnesota:
Enhancing Barley Through Genomics: Minnesota Barley Growers Association on the behalf of Oregon State University; $800,000; Corvallis, Ore.
Lewis and Clark Regional Water System: $35 million; Luverne, Minn., and Sioux Falls, S.D.
Medical Education and Simulation Training: Gundersen Lutheran Health System; $500,000; Lacrosse, Wis.
Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; $35 million; Rock Island District in Illinois.
Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act Initiative: Upper Mississippi River Basin Association; $200,000; Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
Cynthia Dizikes covers Minnesota’s congressional delegation and reports on issues and developments in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at cdizikes[at]minnpost[dot]com.