With money tight and hundreds of state workers getting the boot, is it really the right time for state lawmakers to spend thousands of dollars on water?
They bought it before and they're buying it again, reported Jeff Cole of Fox Investigates. We're talking about bottled water for the Pennsylvania State Senate. Well, some say there's a lot of hot air in Harrisburg, but how thirsty can they actually be?
This September, the Senate locked in a two-year contract to buy 11,000 five-gallon bottles of water from the Sweet Arrow Springs Company in Harrisburg. Cost to taxpayers? $35,750. And that's on top of the nearly $17,000 they spent last year on water.
But there is some good news for taxpayers. Earlier this year, we reported that the Senate and House spent a combined $137,000 on calendars for their constituents. Now, following our story, Senate and House leaders have decided not to order calendars for 2010.
We called the offices of Senate President Joseph Scarnati and Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi to ask them about the bottled water contract. So far, neither office has returned our call.
Adding on the cost of the water brings our "It's Your Dime" taxpayer tab up to $8,208,381.
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