2014 Pork Report Finds $609M In ‘Government Waste'

2014 Pork Report Finds $609M In ‘Government Waste'

CREATED Jun 26, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2014 Pork Report released Wednesday highlighted millions of dollars in unemployment benefits paid out by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

According to the Beacon Center’s annual report, the department improperly shelled out more than $180-million in benefits, including to convicted felons and even dead people.

That accounted for nearly one-third of the $609-million in "government waste” itemized in the report. The Beacon Center said that is the highest amount ever found since the center started issuing the report.

The organization hopes the report serves as reminder that just because Tennessee is known as a low-tax, fiscally responsible state that improvements can always be made.

“Just because we're the best doesn't mean we're the best we can be as a state, so we will continue to expose frivolous spending, or wasteful programs like pre-K that have no benefit,” said Beacon Center of Tennessee CEO Justin Owen.

Beacon Center workers said they use government budgets, media reports, and audits to put the report together.

To see the entire report, go to http://on.nc5.co/Tmadao.