Government Waste

“It opened in 2005 and cost $214 million, although the lab area that handles the most fearsome bugs didn’t begin work until 2009. It replaced a CDC lab that had operated for 20 years. The architect firm that worked on it, HDR Inc., predicted the building would serve the CDC for 50 years. Now it needs to be shut down so they need $400 million for a new lab.

Tupelo calls consultants in to tell politicians what they want to hear. Few disclose the real facts as they sell their services. Everything becomes obsolete and needs continuous maintenance that requires a yearly budget to replace things before the predicted life runs out. When has Tupelo done that?

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