New aviation bill: The pork barrel lives
from The Washington Post
A year ago, it looked like a lovely bit of pork - the Essential Air Service (EAS) program - could very well be cut from the federal budget. But despite bipartisan efforts to drive a stake into it, EAS, like Dracula, lived to fly another day. EAS began in 1978 as a $7 million effort to give some small rural towns 10 years to keep their air service while adjusting to a free-market, deregulation era. It was to phase out or "sunset" after 10 years.
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