Senator Stevens to make earmark requests public

There’s been a lot of debate recently about the Congressional practice of earmarking federal funds for programs and projects — the Alaska delegation in particular has gotten a lot of flak from earmarking critics. Last year Congress initiated some reforms to make the earmarking process more transparent. Now Senator Ted Stevens has decided to post earmark requests that have come in for Fiscal Year 2009 on his website. The first batch from state, borough and local governments should start appearing by the end of the week. About halfway down on the right side of Stevens’ site, you’ll be able to click a link and see who’s asking for what.

Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC