By JOAN LOWY
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's an outrageous tale.
The federal government spends one out of every $10 in transportation aid on wasteful projects such as refurbishing a giant roadside coffee pot and constructing turtle tunnels.
That's what Republican lawmakers have said repeatedly in recent weeks in the Senate, in public appearances and in news releases.
They want to eliminate a requirement that states use a portion of their highway aid for "transportation enhancements" - 12 categories of projects ranging from bike and walking paths to scenic overlooks and landscaping.
But the claims aren't exactly true.
To make their case, lawmakers have exaggerated and misrepresented some projects that have received aid.
EDITOR'S NOTE-An occasional look at the assertions of public officials and how well they adhere to the facts.