Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery fund considered wasteful by watchdog group

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Updated: 5/08/2014 8:35 am
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The watchdog group 'Citizens Against Government Waste' has identified a program here in Nevada that it considers wasteful.

According to the report, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery fund got a $15 million increase in earmark dollars for the 2014 fiscal year from their previous $50 million already allotted.

"If more money is needed for a certain program in a certain agency, cuts should be made to offset the increase in that program if there is an issue related to Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery. Something else at the Dept. of Agriculture should be reduced by $15," president of Citizens Against Government Waste Thomas Schatz said.

According to the report, since fiscal year 2000 there have been 19 earmarks for the Salmon Recovery Project costing taxpayers $134.5 million. The recovery fund was established by congress in 2000 and operates in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Alaska.

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