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Gov. Scott asks president to delay air traffic control furloughs

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Updated: 4/22/2013 3:38 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Governor Rick Scott is asking President Obama to stop the furlough of air traffic controllers which were ordered to achieve spending cuts required by Congress.

Scott sent a letter to the president on Sunday, saying the furloughs will have a devastating impact on Florida families by creating unnecessary delays at Florida airports.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida airports accommodate more than 142 million passengers annually. Scott said the furloughs would cause a direct economic output reduction of $19 million annually.

The governor said Florida communities will be disproportionately impacted because the state has four large hub airports, including those in Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The airline industry and the nation's largest pilots union are suing the Federal Aviation Administration over the furloughs.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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chuck - 4/23/2013 11:33 PM
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Orlando International traffic levels peaked in 2007 at 367,860 flight operations. In 2012 operations were down to 308,844. Traffic levels down 16%-staffing levels down forced down 10%. Huh. stats from FAA.

imtellin - 4/22/2013 6:49 AM
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everybody wants congress to spend within their budget,, and don't want cuts when it affects their hobby.. the not in my backyard mentality reigns supreme !!! but the cuts are a reality or higher taxes will be right behind,, in fact they're coming anyway & only a democrat doesn't think this will be... yet the days of largesse are over & st. Augustine doesn't need air traffic controllers for flight school.... the majority of other air traffic is wealthy individuals who prefer not to fly into Jacksonville,, & or who don't wish to be screened before boarding & we can no longer subsidize these folks... these lear jets will be the next target of opportunity the Islamic terrorists utilize to attack America... the cost to each taxpayer for each controller at these mom & pop airports,,, can be better spent on educating our children.... Grumman won't be affected as they have professional pilots....
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