Some of the stranger governmental goings-on I dug up over the week:
-The federal government is spending $73m this year on the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program.
-The federal government has 5,647 words of formaldehyde regulations for the workplace.
-The federal government has an Arthritis Advisory Committee. They’re meeting on May 12 if you care to attend.
-Government spends $2,000,000 on phone lines for a town of 80 people, some of whom already own satellite dishes.
–OSHA considers sand a poison because it contains silica.
-Vermont to spend $150,000 to build a tunnel for salamanders to cross a road safely.
-The federal government has a Highbush Blueberry Council.
-A fish hatchery in South Dakota is getting $20,000 in stimulus money for new light fixtures.
-In Virginia, it is illegal in many instances to turn on your air conditioning before May 1. Cato’s Tom Firey has more.
–EPA says that de-icing fluid for windshields is an environmental hazard. Worried airline pilots say the EPA is the real safety hazard.
-It is illegal in Kentucky for anyone under 18 to play pool without photo ID and written parental consent.