Government watchers are up in arms in New York about a $21,000 antique Turkish rug from Stark Carpet
which was shipped to the Governor's Mansion in Albany, New York t
his summer. This news was recently revealed after stern warnings from Governor David Paterson to state agencies to cut spending as budget deficits in the state have soared to $2 billion this year alone. The Office of General Services says the purchase was part of routine maintenance on the historic mansion. But some are angry, feeling that it shows government waste
. The AP also says
that the Texas House of Representatives ordered about $140,000 in items for its lounge, including antique chandeliers and big screen televisions.