Pork-Barrel Spending on Academe Reaches a Record $797-Million

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For the 1999 fiscal year, Congress earmarked specific spending measures that included at least $797 million for projects involving colleges and universities, a 51% increase over 1998. Earmarks are seen by some as inequitable because they are not subject to competitive, merit-based reviews typically used by federal agencies to distribute money for research, facilities, and other projects.
Brainard, Jeffrey; Cordes, Colleen
Chronicle of Higher Education
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