When public officials assure us that no public money will be expended on various boondoggles, we generally are skeptical. Sometimes, the language simply changes over time and the pol hopes nobody really notices (or tries to intimidate those who do notice with “dry riposte“). And sometimes, the indirect costs of the boondoggle really start to add up down the road, long after the political debate is over.
The latter phenomenon is described in this KHOU-11 report by Jason Whitely:
The copper-colored building on the edge of Houston’s skyline has been a long time coming.
“Our guys have been in a temporary facility for about seven or eight years now,” HFD Assistant Chief Jack Williams said.
The building is Fire Station 8