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Waste of the Week: Chesapeake Grove Senior Housing and Intergenerational Center

This week for our waste of the week we head over to the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County for SB527 / HB692, sponsored by Senator Richard Colburn (R), and Delegates Rudolph Cane (D), Adelaide Eckardt (R), and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R). These four legislators are proposing a quarter million dollars in wasteful spending.

Delmarva Community Services runs the “Chesapeake Grove Senior Housing and Intergenerational Center.” This is a non-profit organization, which provides senior housing, senior day care, some veterans services, and other services for seniors and their families. The proposed bond money would go directly to a senior housing center in Cambridge, Maryland. It’s a nice program – but I have to ask the following question, why is the state need to go $250,000 further in debt for this organization?

Better question. Why does it need an additional quarter million dollars when it received the same amount last year? What about the $45,000 it received in 2011? Were these funds the state already provided not enough? Why has this organization required such an infusion of taxpayer dollars over the past three years to function?

Even more galling is that allegedly “fiscally conservative” legislators are proposing this pork. It’s a waste of money. It’s money the state does not have, that is why they need to create state debt in order to fund these pet projects.

For that set of reasons and the ridiculous amount of debt our state continues to carry, SB527 / HB692 are this week’s “Waste of the Week.”

Feel free to submit your suggestions in the comments section of wasteful spending in Maryland.

Matthew Newman is a Christian, conservative, Dad, former New Yorker, husband, Professional Engineer, and all around okay guy. He also blogs at Old Line Elephant.

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