Thursday, September 30, 2004 -- Opinion -- Editorial: Legislative grants -- Opinion -- Editorial: Legislative grants: "Editorial: Legislative grants
Recipe for waste and abuse

Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, September 30, 2004
Controller Steve Westly was right to freeze $15 million in grants doled out by the Legislature to nonprofits and local governments but not yet spent.
Between 1999 and 2003, individual legislators directed more than $100 million in grants to pet projects in their districts. The state money flowed with almost no fiscal controls.
'Some groups,' Westly said, 'didn't know they were getting a grant. Others didn't know what to do with it.'"

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