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NASHVILLE, TN (Times Free Press) -- A state grant for a massive $266,000 "Volkswagen Chattanooga" sign and EPB's venture into cable and high-speed broadband Internet are among targets skewered in a "Tennessee Pork Report."

Issued today by the Beacon Center, a state-based government watchdog group that advocates free-market approaches to public policy, cites the two projects among dozens of examples of what they say is $468 million in wasteful spending across the state during the past year.

"The VW Chattanooga plant got $266,000 to put a sign on its roof to market to passengers flying in and out of the Chattanooga airport," Beacon CEO Justin Owen said at a news conference. "The only problem? There are about 600 people who fly in and out of that airport every day. This is a pathetic waste of taxpayer money."

NASHVILLE — A state grant for a massive $266,000 "Volkswagen Chattanooga" sign and EPB's venture into cable and high-speed broadband Internet are among targets skewered in a "Tennessee Pork Report."

Issued today by the Beacon Center, a state-based government watchdog group that advocates free-market approaches to public policy, cites the two projects among dozens of examples of what they say is $468 million in wasteful spending across the state during the past year.

"The VW Chattanooga plant got $266,000 to put a sign on its roof to market to passengers flying in and out of the Chattanooga airport," Beacon CEO Justin Owen said at a news conference. "The only problem? There are about 600 people who fly in and out of that airport every day. This is a pathetic waste of taxpayer money."

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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