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(Wyo)-Wyo Air Service Subsidy Bill Passes House, Back To Senate With Changes

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/08/2018 01:25 PM
CHEYENNE, S.D. (AP) - The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill to preserve and enhance commercial air service in Wyoming, but instead of going to the governor the bill is headed back to the  Senate for consideration of changes made by the House. The biggest change was adding $16 million to fund the proposal.
 
     Under Senate File 40, a special one-year council would be created to solicit bids from airlines and negotiate a 10-year, $15 million dollar contract to provide daily flights to a major airport hub from the participating Wyoming communities.
 
    Up to another million dollars would be used to bolster the state's current program that subsidizes air service.
 
     Supporters say air service is important to the state's economy but is threatened nearly everywhere in Wyoming, but opponents question the cost of the plan.


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