Monday, January 25, 2010

A Stunt?

Why Rep. Stacey Campfield's bill curtailing the free distribution of bottled water at the Tennessee State Capitol is not a stunt:

Representative Campfield's "water bill" may seem to many to be yet another piece of "stunt legislation." If prohibiting the distribution of bottled water at the Capitol leads to the reintroduction of water fountains, and even a long-term saving to Tennessee's taxpayers, that is a good thing. Oftentimes in government it is easy for those in the ivory tower to loose track of the reality that it is the people's money they are spending, even on little things like bottled water. Efforts to save the State critical dollars in a year when budget cuts are projected to be somewhere within the range of draconianism should not be treated by the General Assembly as a stunt.

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