A bridge too far

The state of Alaska has decided not to build the infamous “bridge to nowhere.” The first step in the bridge’s demise occurred when Congress deleted an “earmark” specifying that money it was appropriating for Alaska be used to build the bridge. But this still left Alaska with the option of using the money for that purpose.
Alaska, however, used most of the money for other projects. Now it has announced that it will abandon the bridge, which would have connected Ketchikan, on one island in southeastern Alaska, to its airport on another nearby island.
As The Heritage Foundation “Insider” observes:

Defenders of earmarks often say, as they did in this case, that the earmark is simply a reflection of local priorities. But that clearly wasn


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