In the short term, the solution appears to supplement FAA’s budget with an increased contribution from the General Fund of the US Treasury. The Continuing Resolution (CR) which funds the government through FY2011 includes a 31% general fund share of the FAA’s budget. Neither chamber of Congress has yet acted on a FY2012 appropriations bill for DOT/FAA, and likely will not until after the August recess. While ACI-NA supports a healthy general fund contribution in recognition of the benefits the national air transportation system provides to the greater economy, such a large contribution may prove unsustainable as the government comes under increasing pressure to reduce budget deficits.
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...on aviation trust fund monies in a report issued this past week. At the end of the day, it may provide more fuel for the fire that is the debate on Capitol Hill on how the aviation system is...