Rep. Doug Ervin responds to $100k waste of stimulus funds on film festival

Posted: September 19, 2010 in Representative Doug Ervin
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I was recently informed by a local political group about a film festival in Missouri that was funded by the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division with stimulus funds. The arrogance and idiocy of this government borders on criminal; a failing economy, no job growth, debt out of our ears and these morons think it’s acceptable to waste our money on complete crap like this. It would take me three years to make $10o,000 dollars! Below is the form letter generated from this groups website, normally I prefer things to be in my own words, but the letter covered what I would of said so I sent it. Clay County’s Doug Ervin was kind of enough to send a response to my letter. His response follows my letter.

Dear Representative Ervin:

I have recently learned that the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division provided nearly $100,000 of my tax dollars represented by the federal stimulus to fund a film festival. Besides not contributing to long-term job creation or economic recovery, this expenditure is a wasteful and unwise expenditure of public funds.

My understanding is that the department has reconsidered its use of these tax dollars and requested that they be returned. The fact this expenditure of my tax dollars was even contemplated for this purpose is extremely disturbing. As an elected official representing me, I have several questions for you:

– How did this happen in the first place?

– Who was responsible for making the decision to use these funds for this project?

– What will be done to insure the return of the money to the taxpayers?

– What corrective actions will be put into place to prevent such poor expenditures of my tax dollars in the future?

The answers to these questions are important. I look forward to your response.

Representative Ervin’s response:

Dear Andrew,

The simple answer is arrogance and elitism.  I’m sure you’ve heard the adage that it is easier to spend someone else’s money than it is your own.  Government doesn’t live the same life that you and I do.  Government doesn’t produce anything, government doesn’t create value, government doesn’t play by the rules, government writes the rules, and government doesn’t create wealth, nor does government want competition.  Government is a consumer of the industry, success, and wealth of others, because it cannot become anything on its own.

The legislature did not appropriate money to the department for film festivals.  The so-called federal “stimulus” dollars, or as I refer to them the federal dependency dollars, were not approved by the legislature for this use.  Governor Nixon vetoed a bill that would provide for transparency and accountability of the federal dependency monies received from the federal government.  Your complaint is precisely why such a accountability is necessary.  This last week the Missouri General Assembly met for its annual Veto Session where the House attempted to override that veto.  That vote failed on a party line vote.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call or write.

For a Better Missouri,

Doug Ervin
State Representative
District 35, Missouri

Thanks Mr. Ervin!

  1. Robin Caton says:

    Thanks Andrew. Will you be asking Nixon for a reponse considering the blame has been placed on him?

    • ClayCoMOPolitics says:

      I would disagree with your assessment, the blame has not been placed on Nixon for this specific issue. Rep. Ervin is arguing that this is why we need the oversight that Nixon vetoed, had he not vetoed that bill, this money was still wasted.

  2. Dee says:

    Doug Ervin will be greatly missed!

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