Indiana near bottom of heap for 2010 earmarks

April 18, 2010

Indiana's congressional delegation ranks nearly last in the nation for the amount of earmarks its members secured for state projects in the 2010 federal budget.

Indiana received just over $14 per capita and ranked 48th among all states, down from 43rd in 2009. Hawaii led the nation at nearly $252 per capita.

Democratic Rep. Peter Visclosky of Merrillville secured $29.7 million for 29 projects and ranked 142nd in the House for earmark dollars received. Fellow Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly of South bend brought home $3.4 million for 10 projects.

Republican Sen. Richard Lugar secured $109 million for 60 projects and ranked 58th in the Senate.

The 2010 budget contains $16.5 billion in earmarks, down 15.5 percent from the previous year.


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