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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas MARCH 1963 HERALDZEFTUNG Watchdog group cites Texas projects as porkbarrel AMoelatfd WASHINGTON Just as beauty is in the eye of the behold porkbarrel spending depends on your vantage Two Texas projects are among the nationwide branded as wasteful spending by a Wash ingtonbased watchdog group in its 1993 Congressional Pig Book But officials at the Lyndon Johnson National Historic Park and Texas Tech University reject the contention of Citizens Against Government saying their projects are anything but The advocacy in its report released defined porkbarrel projects as those either funded with federal money even though they serve only local not requested by the president or not the subject of congressional Once these projects are fund they grow like a con suming more and more tax dol lars every the organiza tion The Pig Book was released the day that former independent presidential candidate Ross Per ot told a congressional reform panel that he would identify pork of the month projects so Americans could see how their tax money is being This is all that stuff that happens in the middle of the night in the appro priations the Texas billionaire Citizens Against Government Waste derided the million appropriation this year for an million visitors center at the LBJ National Historic Park because the nearby LBJ State Park already has such a I dont feel that there is any said park acting superinj tendent Reba Possibly some but I think the vis itors center is very important to the public and to the Hyatt the state park is 14 miles west of the national Senate approves utility Associated Prtss AUSTIN The Texas Sen ate has confirmed Ann Richards appointments to the Public Utility Commission and Water Development Board But senators agreed Tuesday to return numerous branch pilot appointments to the Senate Nominations Committee after Rodney Ellis expressed con cern about whether there is enough diversity among the The pilots are responsible for bringing vessels into Im told that there are ship pilots in this A total of five are people of said D He said he wanted to give peo ple from his area who have applied to be pilots a chance to testify about problems they have run Im hoping that in a oneweek or twoweek we can get some questions and maybe get some sense of what is being done to diversify the he The Senate voted 310 to con firm the nominations of Robert Gee and Karl both of to the Public Utility It also confirmed the Water Development Board appoint ments of Othon Medina of El and Elaine Umstead and Charles both of who was is board The Senate also confirmed branch pilot and pilot commis sion appointments for the Sabine Pass and Tribu Ellis didnt ask to hold back those noting that two of the commissioners are Senators returned to the Nominations Committee the branch pilot appointments for the ports of the Brazos River Harbor Navigation District Galvestoh Bar and the Hous ton Ship 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