OPINION / George Harris: Marty Nohe on Boondoogle to Taiwan? $$ = influence.
by George Harris
So our supervisor [Marty Nohe] is off with some other folks from the state on a junket to Taiwan. Here is what he says about this boondoggle:
“From October 6th through the 14th I will visit Taiwan (Republic of China) in my role as the Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. I will join members of the Governor’s administration, the General Assembly and other local elected officials as we look to build a partnership between Virginia and Taiwan. During the trip we will discuss and share best practices on issues including alternative energy and improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of mass transit. The trip is being made possible through private funds and no taxpayer funds are being used.”
What this screams to me is BOONDOGGLE! It tells me there are no programs in the United States that are worth looking at–no alternative energy programs–no mass transit systems worthy of consideration.
He says no taxpayer finds are being used but someone is paying for this BOONDOGGLE and surely there will be some quid pro quo. Since he is going as the Chairman of the Virginia Regional Commission, do we as citizens of Virginia have a right to know who paid for this BOONDOGGLE and what they expect to get out of it? I believe we do. Do you?
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