Remember Sen. John McCain highlighting $650,000 for "beaver management" earmarked for NC and Mississippi in the Stimulus Bill as one example of the pork embedded in the bill?
Well, look what shows up in the NC Senate's version of the budget:
SECTION 13.10. G.S. 113-291.10(f) reads as rewritten:
"(f) Each county that volunteers to participate in this program for a given fiscal year shall provide written notification of its wish to participate no later than September 30 of that year and shall commit the sum of four thousand dollars ($4,000) in local funds no later than September 30 of that year. At least three hundred forty-nine thousand dollars ($349,000) each fiscal year of the biennium shall be paid from funds available to the Wildlife Resources Commission to provide the State share necessary to support this program, provided the sum of at least twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in federal funds is available each fiscal year of the biennium to provide the federal share."
Yep. The NC Senate wants to spend an additional $349,000 on the program.
Also of note, Congressman David Price (D) asked for $300,000 in an earmark for beaver management as well.