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Texas Deals With Air Traffic Sequester Cuts Like A Boss

April 1, 2013 by  

Texas Deals With Air Traffic Sequester Cuts Like A Boss
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Talk of sequestration in recent months has given Federal officials literary license in describing disastrous consequences that would starve the poor, create mayhem in the streets and cause planes to fall from the sky if the government were made to make modest budgetary cuts.

But Texas, in handling the defunding of 13 air traffic control towers, is showing the Nation that a State can survive without so much Federal assistance.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced that it would close 149 air traffic control towers to reduce its spending by $600 million. FAA officials said the move was necessary to cope with the across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

Though the FAA said that the closures would have no impact of airspace safety, officials in Texas opted to implement a plan to keep 13 towers slated for closure in operation in the State.

“Safety is the primary reason we felt a need to take immediate action for the air travelers and business aircraft that use these airports,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Fred Underwood said in a statement. “I am proud of our leaders for taking this extraordinary measure to ensure that those relying on these municipal airports will be able to depart and arrive safely and efficiently.”

Texas Transportation Department Executive Director Phil Wilson cited the importance of small local airports to his State’s growing economy as the reason for using State funds to keep the towers open.

“Flying is an integral part of commerce in Texas,” Wilson told The Hill. “Local communities are counting on these airports to remain open for continued economic success.”

The FAA has been funding contracts for air traffic control towers since 1982.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • dan

    Sam, it would be interesting to see how Alaska (perhaps the most aviation dependent state)
    Arizona and some of the other flyover states are doing. I’m rather surprised that UPS hasn’t taken over a few towers.

  • independent thinker

    It will be interesting to see if the feds try to tell Texas “no, you cannot pay the controllers they can only work for/be paid by the feds.

    • Jonathan Baker

      They already have a precident: they turned down The Donald, who wanted to pay for the cost of the White House public tours. It is obvious that the administration wants to make the public think that sequestration is an abomination by squeezing on the public to make them say “ouch”. They are very transparent.

      Bear in mind that the “cuts” are applying only to increases in spending, not to current budgets. Real “cuts” would be reductions to current budgets.

      This administration has no shame. They operate with Chicago political morals (and my apologies to the many honest Chicagoans.)

  • Joe

    Can’t keep control towers open, but yet the president can give TWENTY BILLION to the palestinians, and out new Sec of State can give ¼ TRILLION (250 billions, but ¼ trillions sound bigger) to the Egyptians, both states that hate this country! Go figure!

  • javamann

    And DHS is spending …how much on ammo and 2,700 armored cars (tanks) to keep you in order, when you get really fed up!
    Is Rumsfeld still looking for the missing 2.3 trillion Pentagon money?
    I know he had a lot to distract him the next day: 9/11!

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