Grants showered unevenly across Pa.

June 21, 2009 11:56:28 AM PDT
On his campaign Web site last fall, then-state House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese boasted about his reliability in bringing home the legislative pork. Sparsely populated Greene County in Pennsylvania's southwestern corner was in line to receive more legislative grant money per resident than any other county in the second half of 2008. Its more than $3 million share works out to about $82 for each man, woman and child, or nine times the state average.

Three counties to the east is Bedford County, which has 10,000 more residents than Greene County and higher unemployment, but no top legislators who call it home. It was slated to get just $10,000 - 20 cents per person.

An Associated Press analysis has revealed a wide disparity in the geographical destination of the grants requested between July and December. That period included the election of all House members and half of the Senate, as well as the election of leaders by the four legislative caucuses.

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