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Report exposes millions in wasteful Tennessee government spending

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A new report exposes millions in wasteful government spending, and Mid-South leaders are now playing defense. A new report exposes millions in wasteful government spending, and Mid-South leaders are now playing defense.
The National Civil Rights Museum received $2 million in federal taxpayer dollars for flood relief...but the flood two years ago never hit the museum. The National Civil Rights Museum received $2 million in federal taxpayer dollars for flood relief...but the flood two years ago never hit the museum.
The Beacon Report also takes a jab Mayor Wharton over the lease payment on his city-issued Cadillac. The Beacon Report also takes a jab Mayor Wharton over the lease payment on his city-issued Cadillac.
Memphis CAO George Little says the city has a very competitive lease on the mayor's car. Memphis CAO George Little says the city has a very competitive lease on the mayor's car.

(WMC-TV) – Mid-South leaders are on the defensive after a new report exposed millions in wasteful government spending in Tennessee.

The Beacon Center's 2013 Report claims Tennessee governments wasted $511 million in taxpayer dollars over the past year. The report points to places like Shelby County, where government's gone hog wild spending your money.

At Central Barbecue pork has a positive effect on the taste buds.

"Any time I'm out of town or anything like that I'm always craving that Memphis barbecue," Katelyn Nichols said.

The Beacon Report's political definition of pork is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of Tennessee taxpayers.

A Memphis landmark is one of this year's examples of government waste. The National Civil Rights Museum recently received $2 million in federal taxpayer dollars under the pretense of flood relief.  But the flood from two years ago never came close to hitting the museum.

A museum spokesperson said the flooding cost them 13 thousand visitors due to national negative publicity.

The Beacon Report also takes a jab Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, for the 12 hundred dollar monthly lease payment on his city-issued Cadillac.

"If you're going to do a lease, we feel that the deal we have is a very very competitive lease," said Memphis CAO George Little.

He said the report fails to point out the mayor's work ethic.

"He works 7 days a week, typically 12 hour days," he said.

And then there's the state's Greenbelt Law designed to keep farmers from being taxed off their land. But there are so many loopholes in the law that the developer who bought 27 acres in Collierville is getting a 99 percent discount on property taxes. He has no intention of planting crops there.

Taxpayers who love their barbecue say when it comes to political pork, government needs to trim the fat.

"I think they need to get their act together to save the money," Nichols said.

Some of the spending here pales in comparison to what the Beacon Center found statewide. You can see the entire report here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/2013-pork-report.pdf

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