But let’s just give Quonset museum $4 million with no accountability
By Sen. James Sheehan
|Rep. Costa flipping the finger at Bob Plain|
of RI Futures. Stay classy, Doreen!
(Photo by Bob Plain)
In her efforts to assist the Quonset Air Museum, Rep. Doreen Costa (R-Dist. 31) of Exeter and North Kingstown successfully lobbied House leadership to secure a $25,000 state grant to assist the private, nonprofit corporation located in North Kingstown.
Costa presented a large ceremonial check to the museum August 21. However, the check has yet to be honored by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, the state agency overseeing the grant. The state agency refused to disburse the money as there were issues regarding the application.
One issue was the commission was not satisfied with the corporation’s statement of intent on the planned use of the $25,000.
I find it ironic that a $25,000 grant would be held up to insure that the money would be used properly.
Yet, Costa, who is surely aware the check is frozen, is seeking $4 million for the air museum without there being a stated purpose or other accountability measures in that bill.