U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison visited Angelo State University on Thursday to get a firsthand report on the Center for Security Studies, one of the projects she helped launch.Taxpayer in Texas posted the following on this blog last year:
Hutchison, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was able to help get Department of Defense grants of $2.8 million and $3 million during the past three years to launch the center.
Federal Earmarks are the sole source of funding for the CSS. So now ASU picks up the tab for what Rallo created with the help of Uncle Sam to the tune of $1.7 million in new salaries alone (not including benefits).Back to Senator Hutchison: "I am going to try to get one more year (of funding)," she said in a news conference. "I'm going to try to see if I can help at least in that year, so they can be able to sustain what has been started."
Here's the breakdown:
-Director & Deputy: $220,000
-8 new Professors: approx $650,000 (several are so new that they are not in the public salary database; three who are in the database are getting 91K, 71K, and 70K)
-6 new support staff positions: $296,849
Grand Total: $1.169 million each and every year.
Did Taxpayer in Texas meet with Senator Hutchison today? If so, I'd love to have been an insect shaped drone on the wall.
Update 2-28-12: ASU's CSS added a new online Master's Degree which can be achieved in 18 months. I wonder how many aspects of America's Declaration of Independence America's security behemoth tramples on daily?