Sen. McLachlan to Feds: Don’t Cut Danbury Airport Funding

December 22, 2011

From the Danbury News Times

At issue is the proposed 2013 federal budget, recommended by the Office of Management and Budget, said state Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury. The budget would eliminate the contract system under which the Federal Aviation Administration hires private companies to staff the control towers at some airports, including Danbury. McLachlan voiced his concerns in a letter to members of the state’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District, and U.S. Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal. “If these cuts become reality, it would have a devastating impact on air traffic safety at Danbury Airport,” McLachlan wrote. He urged lawmakers to contact OMB and FAA officials to oppose the cuts “The federal government’s budget constraints should not impact such a critical aviation safety initiative,” McLachlan said.

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