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Pork aplenty in midyear budget

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The Libertarian Party of Georgia says the $15.2 billion midyear spending budget the Georgia Senate passed Feb. 22 is "filled with enough pork barrel spending to make a swine blush."

To commemorate the historic event -- the budget is $800 million over last year's -- the party released, "Pass the Pork: The Top Ten Most Outrageous Spending Measures in the Georgia General Assembly Midyear Budget." It includes:

$2.2 million for an industrial development project in House Speaker Tom Murphy's home county of Haralson.

$150,000 for a NASCAR Hall of Fame in Dawsonville.

$500,000 to expand the Gordonia-Altamaha golf course.

$50,000 for the preservation of the first brick house in Jonesboro.

$40,000 to promote the movie making and recording industry in Macon.

$4.1 million to build a new state park in House Democratic Leader Larry Walker's home county of Houston.

$64,000 to purchase a rail car for the Tifton Terminal Railway Museum.

$250,000 to construct and operate a public fishing area in Burke County.

$1 million to build an amphitheater at the Mable House culture activities center in Gov. Roy Barnes' hometown of Mableton.

$25,000 for planting flowers in Augusta/Richmond County.

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