The Los Angeles Times reports on September 16, 2008, that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin supports yet another expensive bridge construction project funded by federal earmarks, with this bridge linking her small hometown of Wasilla, Alaska (population 7,025) to Anchorage, Alaska at a proposed cost of $600 million to American taxpayers. ~ Sarah Palin Truth Squad
Gov. Sarah Palin may eventually have said “no thanks” to a federally funded Bridge to Nowhere.
But a bridge to her hometown of Wasilla, that’s a different story.
A $600 million bridge and highway project to link Alaska’s largest city to Palin’s town of 7,000 residents is moving full speed ahead, despite concerns the bridge could worsen some commuting and threaten a population of beluga whales.
Local officials already have spent $42 million on plans to route traffic across the Knik Arm inlet, a narrow finger of water extending roughly 25 miles northeast of Anchorage toward Wasilla. The proposal exists thanks to an earmark request by Republican Rep. Don Young, whose son-in-law has a small stake in property near the bridge’s proposed western span.
The Knik Arm was one of two bridge proposals in Alaska awarded more than $450 million from lawmakers who requested money for special projects in 2005, when Young chaired the House Transportation Committee.
At the time, Palin’s running mate for the Republican ticket, Arizona Sen. John McCain, derided both projects as wasteful. He called Young’s highway bill a “monstrosity” that was “terrifying in its fiscal consequences.”
“I want no part of this,” McCain said in a July 2005 statement. “This legislation is not — I emphasize not — my way of legislating.”