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Tweet of the Week: New IRS Facility Will Have The Nicest Amenities Your Money Can Buy
Posted By Brandon Stewart On June 4, 2010 @ 6:00 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
An IRS facility in Mass. will include a reflecting pool, an art gallery, and indoor gardens. – http://bit.ly/cxTHEP 
The Herald reports that the Andover, Massachusetts facility will boast a host of new amenities after its makeover, including “a reflecting pool, an art gallery, indoor gardens, a 7,000-square-foot cafeteria, and an amphitheater” but concedes that “it remains unclear what new permanent jobs, if any, will come to the center.”
The article also quotes Jonathan Levi whose firm is taking the lead on the renovation:
“[The redesigned building] will be a comfortable, collaborative environment” that would foster “community and belonging,” Levi said. “It will be welcoming for the people who use it.”
What a relief! Chief among the concerns of Americans who are struggling to find or keep their jobs is whether federal tax-collectors work in a space that is “welcoming” and “collaborative”. The project is expected to cost $92 million—after receiving a $80.5 million injection of stimulus cash just last month. The new building will have space for 1,100 new IRS employees, but it is unclear whether the branch had any plans to grow their staff after laying off 1,400 workers just last year.
These financial excesses have become legend. A recent paper  by Heritage scholar Brian Reidl, titled “Federal Spending By the Numbers” details a host of other examples of out-of-control federal spending. Among the waste:
It is absolutely essential that Washington rein in this type of wasteful spending as well as tackling real and lasting entitlement reform . Until it does, this insanity will continue.
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URLs in this post:
 a Boston Herald article: http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20100530frills_not_jobs_filling_posh_irs_digs/srvc=home&position=also
 a tweet: http://twitter.com/andyroth/status/15185634547
 http://bit.ly/cxTHEP: http://bit.ly/cxTHEP
 TweetDeck: http://www.tweetdeck.com
 Image: http://twitter.com/andyroth
 recent paper: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/06/Federal-Spending-by-the-Numbers-2010
 entitlement reform: http://www.heritage.org/Initiatives/Entitlements
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