WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 — For the fourth year in a row, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation (HJTF) today released the California Piglet Book, the definitive guide for reducing waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in the California state government.
Californians are threatened with immense tax increases while the waste and fraud of tax dollars runs rampant. The California Piglet Book gives enough examples to make any California taxpayer cringe, including:
— Special Education abuses: A school district billed almost $68,000 for out-of-state tuition, airfare, car rental, hotel, cell phone calls, meals, tailoring, new clothes, an iBook computer, stamps, tolls, gas and 13 future round-trip visits for a special needs student.
— City and Local Government Abuses: San Francisco has spent more than $2.3 million of taxpayers’ money in the past four and a half years on bottled water despite owning a pristine reservoir in the Sierra Nevada which touts some of the nation’s best-tasting tap water.
— Proposition 86: Ultimately, the projected excise tax revenues from a tobacco tax will not materialize, leaving taxpayers footing the bill for an array of new and costly healthcare mandates.
“A negative consequence of the resurgent California economy is that there is seemingly no incentive to address waste, fraud and abuse,” said HJTF President Jon Coupal. “But if our policy leaders were wise, they would not wait until the next economic downturn before starting to look for areas where we can save precious taxpayer dollars.”
“Until California lawmakers set priorities and restrain overall spending, CAGW will continue to publish the California Piglet Book to protect the interests of taxpayers,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.
The California Piglet Book combines elements of two perennial CAGW publications, the Congressional Pig Book and Prime Cuts, with HJTF’s knowledge of the California state budget. The report exposes areas in the state budget where wasteful spending can be eliminated, providing a valuable resource to legislators and taxpayers.