The government has found a brand-new, literally criminal use for your tax dollars.
Two years ago, the government wasted $335,000 when the Economic Development Administration decided to build 38 "speed humps" in two towns in Maine, instead of fixing the state's crumbling infrastructure.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Defense spent a laughable $40,000 building an 11-foot, historical model of Fairchild Air Force Base.
But the wasteful government spending I'm going to show you today already takes the cake for 2016, and we're only two months in...
A bill passed in the District of Columbia on Tuesday will end up costing taxpayers there nearly 10 times the salary of an average American each year.
Over the course of four years -- the lifespan of the legislation -- taxpayers will have spent what equates to...
- Enough money to feed 640 "food insecure" families of four for a year, according to USDA data.
- 4,618 months' worth of mortgage payments for the average American, according to LendingTree data.
- 10,229 months' worth of car payments on a new vehicle for the average American, according to Edmunds.com.
And don't think you're immune if you're not living in the District of Columbia...
Expect to see more of this type of legislation pop up around the country as the debate over gun control rages on.
But it's not the amount of taxpayer money being spent on this new program that's the biggest outrage here.
When you see exactly who is getting your tax dollars, thanks to the bill, your blood will boil...
Your Tax Dollars Spent on Would-Be Criminals
On Tuesday, the District of Columbia Council voted on a bill that will pay residents a stipend -- simply to obey the law.
The legislation, driven by Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, passed unanimously.
Taxpayers in the area will now pay outrageous stipends to their fellow citizens who are identified as "criminally inclined," simply to incentivize them not to break the law.
All of it goes directly from law-abiding citizens' pockets into the hands of potential criminals for doing what is a base expectation of every society in the world: not committing violent acts.
The bill, called the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2016 (NEAR Act), establishes an office that will annually identify up to 200 people who are considered "high risk" for committing violent illegal acts.
Then, the local government pays those people to participate in behavioral therapy, life planning classes, and other programs.
"The goal of the office will be to identify our teenagers and young adults at the highest risk for committing or being a victim of violent crimes, for participation in a stipend-based program involving life planning, trauma-informed therapy, and mentorship," a press release from Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie states.
McDuffie believes the program will help prevent violent crime by "creating opportunities for people," according to a letter he wrote to constituents last week.
It will cost $4.9 million over four years. The stipends alone add up to $460,000 annually, per calculations from the District's independent chief financial officer.
Ultimately, of course, it's a tab that will fall to the taxpayer.
According to the AP, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has not committed to funding the program. It reports that without the mayor's support, the Council will have to find money for it through new taxes or cuts to existing programs.
This government-sponsored program is the second of its kind. The first was enacted in Richmond, Calif., in 2007. There, some would-be criminals are paid as much as $9,000 each year in taxpayer money simply to stay out of trouble.
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- Associated Press: D.C. Bill Would Pay People Stipends Not to Commit Crimes