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(The Hill) — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) accused the government of wasting $11.5 billion in 2010 in his annual “Wastebook” report released Monday.

Coburn, a longtime fiscal hawk, detailed 100 spending projects from the past year that he said constituted government waste that contributed to record deficits.

Projects identified by Coburn include $1.8 million in spending this past year to gather and display historic Las Vegas casino signs, and $165,000 to the University of California at Santa Cruz to help its library digitize its collection of Grateful Dead materials.

“During these difficult times when families are struggling to make ends meet, the federal government can best assist hard working Americans by keeping their taxes low and not burdening them with higher debt,” Coburn wrote in the introduction to the report. “Congress can do so by not spending money we do not have on things we do not need, like the over $11.5 billion of examples provided in this report.”