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Washington Mayors Protest Proposed GA User Fee
March 7, 2013
More mayors, this time from Washington state, added their signatures to an Alliance for Aviation Across America petition over the Obama administration’s proposal for a new “$100-per-flight” tax on general aviation (GA) business flights.
In the Evergreen State, general aviation has an economic impact of more than $3.18 billion annually and supports 7,615 jobs.
The protest by the 21 Washington mayors brings to more than 125 the number of local officials from 48 states who have expressed concern about the economic damage the president’s plan could cause. In addition, all but two states have issued one or more official proclamations declaring their support for business aviation and GA.
“We write to let you know that for thousands of towns and communities like ours around the country, GA is a vital part of our economy and national infrastructure, and we are extremely concerned about the repercussions of your statements on this important lifeline to communities around the nation,” the mayors said.
Like other mayors, those from Washington reminded the president that most users of business aircraft are small to mid-sized businesses and organizations that depend on their aircraft to reach far-off plants and customers, serve rural markets and deliver medical care.
“We can tell you firsthand that these aircraft are a crucial tool and resource for businesses in our communities; businesses that keep our communities afloat and help workers to be able to continue to put food on their table for their families,” the mayors’ petition states.