The Columbia Chronicle

National decisions, local problem

By Darryl Holliday

April 25, 2011

With newly mandated power to regulate the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is facing congressional legislation to the opposite effect—including a vote from Illinois Senator Mark Kirk that would weaken the EPA’s ability to clean certain air pollutants.Kirk’s vote on March 16, his first on a major environmental issue since being sworn in to his Senate seat on Nov. 29, 2010, was in support of an amendment t...

Census to cost $10 billion more than in 2000

By Patrick Smith

March 29, 2010

This year’s census, which was mailed out on March 15, will cost taxpayers $10 billion more than it did in 2000.The extra costs are partly due to an aggressive advertising and public relations campaign raising awareness about the census, which included an ad aired during the Super Bowl.Critics have called the cost, estimated to be $14.7 billion, too great, and the United States Government Accountability Office put the census o...

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