October 09 2014
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Today the Patrick Henry Hays campaign released a new television ad, "Washington Waste."
The spot highlights how Mayor Hays cut wasteful spending through commonsense solutions, like putting all of North Little Rock's city services into one building -- an approach that allowed him to balance 24 budgets, cut the city’s debt in half, and invest in job creation. Now, Mayor Hays is running to bring those same values to Washington, where politicians are wasting billions on unused properties, underused airports, and generating Facebook "likes."
Mayor Hays has released his 5 point plan to cut Washington’s wasteful spending based off many of the solutions he practiced as Mayor, including streamlining wasteful duplication of programs and inefficient agencies.
Hays: I’m Patrick Henry Hays, and putting all of our city services in one building is one of the ways we balanced 24 budgets and cut our debt in half.
Hays: But Washington is doing the opposite. They're wasting billions on properties that they don't even use.
Hays: An airport in Minnesota with only two flights a week; A puppet festival on Long Island; They even spent $600,000 buying Facebook "likes."
Hays: I approved this ad, because it's no wonder that Congress doesn't have any real friends.
NPR: “Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions.” “Government estimates suggest there may be 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings across the country. Taxpayers own them, and even vacant, they're expensive. The Office of Management and Budget says these buildings could be costing taxpayers $1.7 billion a year.” [NPR, 3/12/14]
Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Minnesota Airport That Only Had Two Flights a Week. According to Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2013 Wastebook: “Despite $3,125,000 in federal aviation grants for its 9,000 square foot terminal and $750,000 in federal stimulus funds for a passenger boarding bridge, there is no daily commercial service at the airport. To date, the only commercial airline carrier flying in and out of St. Cloud is Allegiant Air’s bi-weekly round-trip service to Phoenix.” [Coburn Wastebook, 12/2013]
NY Post: Government’s Wasteful Spending Included “Puppets Take Long Island Festival.”“Taxpayers also got stuck with the bills for… $150,000 to support the Puppets Take Long Island festival in Sag Harbor.” [NY Post, 12/17/13]
Washington Post: “State Department spent $630,000 to increase Facebook ‘likes’” “The State Department spent over $630,000 to increase Facebook “likes” for four of its pages on the social-networking site, according to an inspector general’s report. The efforts, which involved advertising initiatives between 2011 and March 2013, increased the fan numbers for each page from about 100,000 to more than 2 million, the report said.” [Washington Post, 7/03/13]