Obama Runs User Fees Up the Budget Flagpole

Business Jet Traveler » April 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 5:00am

A line in President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal year 2010 has put general aviation lobbyists on high alert: "the budget proposes repealing some aviation excise taxes and replacing these taxes with direct user charges."

A spokesman for the National Business Aviation Association said it is "very troubled," because the line appears to leave the door open to consideration of aviation user fees for funding the FAA.

The National Air Transportation Association expressed hope that Congress will reject the user-fee proposal as it has done previously. According to NATA president
Jim Coyne, "I agree with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman James Oberstar [D-Minn.], who said, 'The current system of aviation excise taxes has proved to be a stable and efficient source of funding for our aviation system.'"

Share this...

Add your comment:

By submitting a comment, you are allowing AIN Publications to edit and use your comment in all media.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.


““Corporate executives should be your core business…You need [salespeople who are] comfortable with the kind of boardroom leaders that see Lear Jet as a tool, not a frivolous extravagance for movie stars and their pets. ”

-Advertising executive Pete Campbell to a Lear Jet executive on the penultimate episode of TV’s Mad Men series, set in 1970