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In the Overrun Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Regarding the March 9 front-page article "Capitol Visitor Center Again Delayed": I appreciate The Post keeping its readers informed about the frequent budget overruns on federally funded projects such as the Capitol Visitor Center, whose cost has more than doubled.

Perhaps the visitor center should include a display case containing models of the most outstanding cost overruns. The models could include:

· Boston's Big Dig (which went from $2.6 billion to $14.6 billion).

· The International Space Station ($17 billion to $30 billion).

· Denver International Airport ($1.7 billion to $4.8 billion).

· The reconstructed Springfield "Mixing Bowl" interchange ($241 million to $676 million).

And space could be made for loads of Pentagon equipment, including the V-22 Osprey aircraft and the F/A-22 Raptor fighter.

Such a display would be a great way for schoolchildren visiting the Capitol to learn about the real workings of government.

CHRIS EDWARDS

Director of Tax Policy

Cato Institute

Washington

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