The state Department of Public Welfare is spending nearly $20,000 to install a flagpole at its Harrisburg office building even as it looks for ways to cut public assistance programs and costs.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Friday that department officials defended the expenditure as a small price to satisfy some employees who are service members and are being moved from a leased space nearby. But some other veterans thought the price tag was steep.
Kit Watson of the Pennsylvania American Legion told the newspaper he'd get in trouble for buying a $20,000 flagpole, and questioned why one couldn't be moved from the former Scotland School for Veterans' Children.
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Robert Gray of the Military Officers Association of America says the department could've found someone to donate the money.