The House Finance Committee plans this Tuesday to begin a series of hearings on community service grants.
The grants face heightened scrutiny after the recent resignation of a key lawmaker.
Former House Finance chairman Ray Gallison’s resignation focused more attention on community service grants. That’s because a nonprofit education group that employed Gallison got more than $2 million in the grants over more than a dozen years.
More than $11 million in community service grants are provided through different state departments as part of the budget process. They go for a variety of nonprofits programs, including senior centers, the Council on Alcoholism, and Meals on Wheels.
Critics say the process for picking these grants is overly partisan. The Finance Committee plans hearings on the grants for the rest of the week.