Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Pork against...pork!

Every month, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research comes out with a Monthly Misuse, a reader-submitted example of legislative inefficiency. They're usually good for a chuckle and a sigh. This month's topic is the Respect Your Health! campaign. (Love the exclamation mark there.)

Some highlights:

- $8,000 for 25,000 green rubber band style bracelets reading "Respect Your Health!"

- $9,326 for 24,500 refrigerator magnets with the Tennessee Department of Health's logo and web address.

- $5,118,000 for marketing and advertising related to the campaign.

- And what's the result of the expenditure? Since the introduction of the program, Tennessee has remained as the country's 38th healthiest state.

Says Drew Johnson, president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research: "Tennesseans may be getting fatter, but their wallets sure are a lot thinner..."

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