FLASH: Government waste radio blitz. $773,000 for free prison pop

$773,000 For Free Soda Pop For Prisoners!
By Common Sense For Oregon

Salem, Oregon — Common Sense For Oregon today launched a statewide radio campaign highlighting examples of excessive government spending in Oregon. The radio spot provides Oregonians with concrete evidence that waste in state government is still prevalent. “The Governor and lawmakers have been telling the people of Oregon that they need more money, which means they want higher taxes,” said Ross Day, executive director of Common Sense For Oregon, “this campaign will provide Oregonians with hard evidence that Oregon’s politicians have a spending problem, not a revenue problem.”

Common Sense For Oregon discovered that $773,000 of taxpayer dollars were spent in the 2007-2009 budget cycle on free soda pop for prisoners. “At a time when schools are cutting school days, services to our society’s most vulnerable are being cut, and Oregon’s unemployment is near record highs, we are providing prisoners with free soda pop!”, said Day.

“We encourage everyone, especially well-intended public employees, who see waste first hand, to let us know. Raising taxes without cutting outrageous spending hurts all of us,” Day added.

The $773,000 for free soda pop earned the Department of Corrections the first Oregon Golden Fleece Award given by Common Sense For Oregon.

Common Sense For Oregon has set up an anonymous, toll-free tip line for citizens to call and nominate examples of government waste. The telephone number is 1-887-UFLEECE. Or, citizens can go to www.commonsensefororegon.org and leave an anonymous message on that website.

The Oregon Golden Fleece Award is modeled after the Golden Fleece Award created by the late Senator William Proxmire (D-WI), which exposed examples of wasteful government spending in the national budget. Senator Proxmire’s Golden Fleece Award drew national acclaim and received thousands of tips – a large number were actually from employees of the federal government.

The Oregon Golden Fleece Award will be awarded on a monthly basis to the person, politician or government agency responsible for the most notorious — and wasteful — example of spending highlighted in the previous month.

Common Sense For Oregon is an Oregon non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting common sense solutions to the issues important to Oregonians.


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  • angie

    How special for them! While my husband was forced to take a 5% pay cut as well as furlough days and the union employees got a 3% pay increase. The issue in this state is SPENDING! Taxing those of us who are blessed to still have jobs is not the answer

  • UB

    Prisons are there for the expletive ‘holes who who say “expletive the rules of law and order!”

    Hear Ye: Expletive the expletives and leave ’em on bread and water and don’t give ’em anything more unless sheriff Joe Aparao says they’ve earned it.

  • Anonymous

    I thought people went to prision for punishment for a wrong doing or crime. Why are we giving them special food, drinks, entertainment? Let them live out their punishment in a cell, alone, basic food needs. Don’t let them have special treatment, food, drinks, or entertainment unless they pay for it like the rest of us in society and at the same price. No special discounts. Maybe even more since it has to be brought to them. Why are we allowing them to play sports, watch TV, exercising in a gym. Prisions need to be an uncomfortable experience, and not a resort type experience. I don’t see law abiding citizens getting special treatment!!!

  • danielfboone

    This is unconfirmed but I’ve heard rumors to the effect that some prisons occasionally serve a second slice of bread at breakfast on alternative Sundays.

  • Richard Ridderbusch

    Where is the rest of the story? Like the fact that that figure is incorrect as the soda has been cut in half over the last six months. And what about the fact that we have been able to feed the inmates for about $2.50 a day in spite of rising prices. The same people complaining today will be wanting better food tomorrow when their nephew or daughter is in prison.

  • Mike D

    @Ridderbusch but come on … soda pop isnt “better food” it has no nutritional value, is expensive and should not be purchased for prisoners. Want to rehab them? Show them the benefits of tap water.

    tsk tsk

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