Thu, Jun 29, 2006
ICT Subsidies Will Continue
The bill was so nice... she signed it twice. In a ceremony
Monday at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, Kansas governor Kathleen
Sebelius signed a bill authorizing state aid for Sedgwick County's
so-called "FairFares" plan.
Wichita's KSN-TV reports the symbolic signing at ICT was
actually the second time the governor signed the bill, which
provides $5 million in state subsidies intended to keep commercial
airfares out of Wichita affordable.
"We got your message loud and clear that airfares are critical,
affordable airfares are critical," Sebelius said. "Not only to
Wichita, but to the entire state."
As Aero-News reported earlier this
month, the three-year contract covers subsidies for
AirTran's three daily round-trip flights to Atlanta from Wichita.
Most of the money -- approximately $5 million -- will come from the
state through its Regional Economic Area Partnership fund, with the
rest coming from local governments.
That's alot of money to give one carrier, and the plan has not
been without controversy... but as Governor Sebelius put it, nearly
half the people living in Kansas rely on Mid-Continent to travel in
and out of the state... including companies luring customers and
new recruits to Kansas.
"I think this bill will help to continue our effort to create
jobs, good jobs, and to keep the jobs that we have here in the
state," Sebelius said.
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