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In LUST we trust (EDITORIAL)

In LUST we trust (EDITORIAL)

Oklahoma's underground tax at work for you

Tulsa World
By WAYNE GREENE Editorial Writer
Published: 6/6/2010 2:25 AM
Last Modified: 6/6/2010 3:33 AM

Who would have thought that the state of Oklahoma had a LUST fund?

Now there's a sexy story, right?

What unseemly things could the pols in Oklahoma City be paying for with this one? Heart-shaped desks and mirrors on the ceilings of the state Capitol?

Sadly, the LUST fund is not about sexual appetites, but Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, which is a lot less sexy.

But often in government circles the best stories aren't about small-letter lust, the corruption of the heart, but about things like big- letter LUST and the venal corruptions of the taxpayers' money.

Leaky funding

In the 1980s, the federal government got serious about cleaning up leaky underground storage tanks, which are just what you would suppose they are: storage tanks that are underground and, well, leaking. If what they're leaking is gasoline at a convenience store or some other nasty chemical at a factory, it's bad news for the groundwater... FULL ARTICLE


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