As the Saints prepare to return to the renovated Superdome Monday evening, it’s good to know that the millions earmarked to repair and rebuild New Orleans ate the Gulf Coast are being spent wisely. That’s right. Wisely. Take this heart-warming note:
The AP reported this weekend that the state of Louisiana is about to spend $500,000 to replant trees on the Tournament Players Club Louisiana (below), which is owned, in part by the PGA Tour. The state also spent millions to construct the New Orleans-area course.
The half-a-mill line-item was buried in the state budget, which passed earlier this year and was signed by Gov. Kathleen Blanco. It called for the money to be used to replant “tress and other native plants due to losses sustained from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” The item did not name the course.
The pork was requested by Rep. John Alario (D), chair of the House budget writing committee. He was quoted thusly: “It’s important to show this course is in first-class condition [when the Zurich Classic comes to town next April.”
Hmmm, we could all think of a few other items that might be higher on the “important” lists of most Gulf Coast citizens.