This one makes me crazy.
A legislator wants to spend state money to preserve the state marriage commission. Federal funding, $700,000, that kept the thing alive has been pulled — that’s good, because everyone wants to work on cutting the federal debt, right? — but Rep. LaVar Christensen of Draper proposes that the state pick up the bill and keep the commission going. This includes creating a 17-member commission.
If I had $1 for every odd government commission I’d be moving into a Spanish castle.
We don’t even provide adequate classroom supplies in schools but we’re ready to set up a costly state marriage counseling service. In supposed times of austerity, the Legislature sure keeps dreaming up ways to blow money on things that should be left to individual, private and nonprofit activity.