Cost-benefit

August 6, 2008

A newspaper uncovers some questionable public spending, and a public official is properly outraged:

But at least one government official has objected to the practice, arguing that the schools should not push students into voting booths at public expense.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott complained in April that Gary schools had taken students out of class and that the public paid to transport them to early voting polls at the county’s Government Center.

And what was this terrible waste of taxpayers’ money? Over the last two primaries, about 80 students from two Gary high schools were taken on field tirps to vote. They were treated to lunch, which cost about $1,000. That’s about $12.50 for each student to potentially create 80 responsible adult voters. Not exactly the outrage of the month.

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