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Is the Arch spruce-up affordable?

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As Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood look on, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) explains plans for improving and expanding the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial where the Gateway Arch sits, during a press conference across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois on December 10, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – The U.S. secretaries of transportation and the interior are endorsing a $300 million plan to enhance the Gateway Arch grounds — even though it’s not clear where the financing would come from.  

Transportation secretary Ray LaHood says it’s okay to “dream big.” But when asked how big the U.S. budget deficit is, LaHood had no numbers, “The deficit is big. It’s huge. I’m not going to give you any numbers because the idea we came here to talk about the deficit is not why we came here.”

Interior secretary Ken Salazar also ducked the question during a news conference Friday in East St. Louis.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) was asked if the Arch spruce-up is “pork” or not. “What is pork is when someone sprinkles fairy dust on a project and it miraculously gets funded,” she said.

(Copyright: KMOX News) 

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