Paid for by taxpayers in Iowa3/31/2015
For: An undisclosed amount of bread bags purchased to test the accuracy of Sen. Joni Ernst’s statements of using the items to keep her shoes clean as a child.
For: Bottled water purchased by Des Moines Water Works for employees to drink at work because “Des Moines tap water is not currently drinkable.”
To: Public Works Department Street Maintenance Division
For: Mass cleanup of animal manure in the East Village.
To: Des Moines Critter Control
For: Removing stray and confused pigs from Raccoon River.
To: Animal Rescue League of Iowa
For: Housing an abnormal amount of farm animals, leaving the establishment well over capacity.
To: Merry Maids of Des Moines
For: Cleaning the chicken feathers, hay and excess dirt out of city buildings, including the courthouse and City Hall.
To: Iowa Unique Bacon Producers Association
For: Specialty package of new bacon samples, including a new cat bacon variety.
Amount: $2.4 million
For: Two iCar prototypes to be used by city officials in the Des Moines area.
For: Repairs to the glass on the iCar prototypes.
Salaries and such
The Des Moines City Council recently approved travel expenses for the six-member Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Safety and Tasting Council to travel to Napa, California, from April 8-18 for a 10-day tour of nine Napa Valley wineries. The tour will provide unlimited samplings, wine with complimentary cheese platters. The purpose of the trip is for the Council to determine which wineries to partner with in order to expand Iowa’s current list of California wines served at restaurants and available in liquor stores. This comes at a cost of $504,650 to Iowa taxpayers. APRIL FOOLS