Sunday, October 28, 2007

Our tax money should not be spent foolishly

Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown has written a book praising himself and MDOT, and 5,000 copies - printed at taxpayer expense - will be handed out at a festival just five days before voters decide on his re-election bid.

In addition to the book, taxpayers are also footing the bill for an epic party; an extravaganza to mark the opening Thursday of the Biloxi Bay Bridge, a federally funded building project overseen by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Some, including Larry Benefield, Brown's opponent in the election for Southern District transportation commissioner, question the timing of the party. They wonder whether the bridge could have been open to traffic earlier, had re-election politics not been a factor.

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