Earmarks of Waste

November 2, 2010 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Earmarks — tax money set aside in budgets for small projects — are a big waste of time and should be eliminated, says Carol Kellerman, head of the Citizens Budget Commission, an agency that tries to make sure New Yorkers’ taxes are spent wisely. “We shouldn’t have earmarks at all,” she says. “Members spend an inordinate amount of time working on these very small earmarks and aren’t spending enough time scrutinizing, asking questions and pressuring the mayor on the $63 million billion budget,” says Kellerman, who participated in a Peter F. Vallone Sr. Lecture Series panel on “Pork Barrel Spending: Are Earmarks Kosher?,” sponsored by Baruch College School of Public Affairs.
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