New program aims to improve airports and create job opportunities in southern Minnesota
Congress has appropriated $564 million to build and repair new and existing airports in Minnesota.
The spending is part of the government’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” program that aims to create job opportunities for laid off workers in construction and engineering.
President Obama said, “This is a small price to pay to help folks out who want to work.”
Yet Obama’s critics say the agenda is too costly. It is likely that this plan can cost up to $1 trillion if further developed.
Some of the local airports receiving significant money from the “Let’s Get Back to Work” program include:
- New Ulm Municipal Airport: $3.8 million for runway extension
- Blue Earth Municipal Airport: $2.3 million for runway repairs
- Le Sueur Municipal Airport: $96,000 for land
- Waseca Municipal Airport: $62,000 for taxiway
Other airports in Minnesota receiving grants are Faribault, Jackson, Owatonna and Rushford.