Spending Bill Dies, but Cost of Printing Substantial

WASHINGTON, DC—The omnibus spending bill that never saw the light of day, a 1,926-page monster, nonetheless set taxpayers back $78,000 to print 650 copies of it, according to the Washington Times. That’s more than 1.25 million pages wasted, and that $78,000 worth of printing is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion in spending contained in that bill.

Speaking of Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his wastebook report, which highlights government programs he feels are pointless. One of this year’s targets: the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) educational comic book, “Squeaks Discovers Type!” It cost $60,000 to print a run of 5,500, and the $5 cover price would only cover less than half of the cost. The GPO called the loss a marketing expense.

  • http://James James

    Has anyone else crunched the math on the printing tab for this?

    Most of these ‘spending bills’ are simply black and white print on recycled white paper.

    650×1926=1,251,900 pages.

    78,000 divided by 1,251,900 = 7 cents per page

    How in the WORLD does a printer get away with charging such a high rate per page on government work?

  • http://RobertJohannes Robert Johannes

    Let’s see… at $78,000 for 1.25 million pages, someone spent over 6 cents a page for what is essentially a copy job. That’s about double the market rate, even with good binding. Just another tip to those who think they have have costs under control in D.C.

  • http://ToddHerzberg Todd Herzberg

    The Government has their own printing division, so this was probably printed there. No printer would stay in business a year charging rates like that in the “real world”! If this job went out for bids, they could do it for 1/3 the cost, and still be in the DC area probably!