Wis. Regional Airport Authority Proposed

Spinning off Mitchell Int'l Airport to a regional authority has long been a priority of local business leaders, who say Mitchell is a regional economic asset, not just a county service.

Suggesting that the airport should be governed by a board that doesn't take the time to ask questions "is almost like promoting the museum model," White warned. Auditors have faulted the financially beleaguered Milwaukee Public Museum's board for lax oversight in the years since the County Board handed over direct control of the institution.

White questioned how the change would benefit the airport, adding: "There has to be something more than, 'The private sector wants it in a more privatized context." That's not good enough."

Walker voiced support for the idea in his 2002 and 2004 campaigns. The executive was spending time with his family and was not available for comment Friday, but spokesman Rod McWilliams said Walker still backed the concept and looked forward to working with Stone and Plale on the details.

Taylor and White said they had not seen details of the legislation, and McWilliams said Walker had not, either. Stone said he had briefly discussed the idea with Walker and Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, his former GOP colleagues in the Assembly.


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