Tea party lawmakers from rural areas were among those fighting the hardest to preserve taxpayer subsidies for airline flights into and out of small towns last year after senior Republicans tried to eliminate the oft-criticized program. Now, the House Appropriations Committee is awarding the program an 11 percent budget hike.
By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
, June 20, 2012
We’re not sure what to make of Rep. Rick Berg’s recent views on the Essential Air Service program.
“I support it. We need to encourage air service. If we’re going to grow jobs here in North Dakota and grow jobs in Jamestown, we need that connection,” Berg told an audience recently at a town hall meeting in Jamestown, where the Jamestown Regional Airport received more than $1.9 million last year to subsidize air travel to and from Minneapolis.
Great Lakes Airlines CEO Chuck Howell says the air carrier is working to improve service to Williston.
February 10, 2010
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