Budget Easter Egg: Watch Those Extra Fees!

By Marc Ambinder

Page 71 of the budget includes this unpopulist announcement: "the Budget proposes to increase the existing Aviation Passenger Security Free beginning in 2012."  It would help to offset more government spending on aviation security. The Budget provides no cost estimate, but the increases will probably be minimal. Still, I predict that this enhancement will get a lot of attention...a tiny line item in a trillion dollar budget.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/02/budget-easter-egg-watch-those-extra-fees/1029/