In the second installment of the Civitas Institute’s new feature entitled “Waste of the Week,” we spotlight the new Earle Scruggs Center, a museum dedicated to the deceased banjo player that received $250,000 in taxpayer dollars in this year’s budget.
The funds were directed to the Scruggs Center via a “state aid” appropriation from the Commerce Department. After months of negotiations and haggling over big-ticket items like teacher pay and Medicaid, state budget writers decided that a quarter-million taxpayer dollars should be instead redirected to a museum dedicated to a banjo player.
The museum reportedly cost $6.2 million and is housed in the restored Cleveland County Courthouse. It had its grand opening in January of this year.
Attractions such as these should be funded voluntarily, not through taxpayer dollars that are collected through the threat of force.
Or do you think state budget writers should continue to divert tax dollars to the museum in the future?