Obama releases a few hints on aviation budget

How much? President Obama gave us a few hints about his aviation thinking with a budget outline, one that fell far short of the details a budget often has. That’s understandable, since it’s his first, small_obama_image.jpgbut Obama tantalises. And promises. He does say he would increase funding for Essential Air Service, the subsidy that keeps rural flights operating, with a proposed $55 million increase over the 2009 level, intended to meet increasing demand. Last year’s Bush budget had trimmed EAS to $50 million, although appropriators rejected the administration position and added about $75 million. This may help the new president avoid what had become an annual legislative charade: slashing or zeroing out EAS, then waiting for Congress, in particular the appropriations committees with their rural state members, to restore funding. The problem with this no-no, yes-yes approach is not just its inherent chicanery, but the fact that legislators, working from a base of zero, feel pressured to control their largess.The administration also intends increasing the $2.50 Aviation Passenger Security Fee in fiscal 2012, but did not specify the amount of the increase. However, budget documents indicate that the present fee, sometimes dubbed ‘The 9/11 Fee,’ captures only 36% of the cost of aviation security. The increase would be another fee, tax, charge or impost on an airline ticket.

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One Response to Obama releases a few hints on aviation budget

  1. f1 merchandise November 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I’m not voting for Obama next time and something is telling me, I’m not the only one!

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