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Trump's proposed budget eliminates Essential Air Service (EAS) to rural airports


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Eliminates funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which was originally conceived
of as a temporary program nearly 40 years ago to provide subsidized commercial air service
to rural airports. EAS flights are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger. Several
EAS-eligible communities are relatively close to major airports, and communities that have
EAS could be served by other existing modes of transportation. This proposal would result in a
discretionary savings of $175 million from the 2017 annualized CR level.

Is your fair city on this list - Subsidized EAS Report for non-Alaska Communities - February 2017 (PDF) ?
https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Subsidized EAS report for non-Alaska communities-Feb_1_2017.pdf

OR have you ever flew into one of these airports ?

Would you consider this as part of community identity & Economic Development ?


Yep, I wonder how Kansans will feel about tRump after they lose their air service?

luckless pedestrian

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Oh yeah, wait until all the rich folk who come to Maine in their private jets hear about this if we have to close Rockland or Bar Harbor, most notably. On a Friday in the summer, you can see them all lined up coming for the weekend (it's a little gross.)

The One


Just one of the MANY subsidies rural folk get from all the money being sucked out of big cities. Richard Florida says NO MORE in his new book (per his NPR interview this morning).


It's more like urban vs. suburban as there's not many people living in truly rural areas. See edited article below:

That is, only 14 percent of Americans live outside a metropolitan area. 86 percent of the population is connected to a metropolitan area, its economy, and its amenities. 

And today, many states that are often considered to have large rural populations are really overwhelmingly metropolitan states. This is true in Colorado, for example, where 84 percent of the population lives in metropolitan areas. Yes, there are farmers and miners in the state. But more than 8 out of every ten people live near a city. Texas is another state that is far more metropolitan than many people assume, with 92 percent of its population in metropolitan areas. 

If we look at this through a political lens, we see that — while Trump was no doubt helped by voters in rural areas — he couldn't have won the 2016 election without a lot of help from people living in metropolitan areas. 

In the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex, for example, the only county (out of 12) that voted in the majority for Hillary Clinton in 2016 was Dallas County. A plurality of the voters in the 11 other counties voted for Donald Trump. While Dallas County voters delivered 461,000 votes to Hillary Clinton, neighboring Tarrant County alone contributed 345,000 votes to Donald Trump. Nearby Collin County delivered another 200,000 votes to Trump. Once the other 9 metro counties are factored in, we find that Donald Trump rather easily won the metro area overall.

We find a similar phenomenon in the Orlando metro area in Florida. During the 2016 presidential election, only two of the seven counties in the metro area — Orange and Osceola — reported a majority vote for Hillary Clinton. All other counties went for Trump, including populous Lake and Seminole Counties. Overall, Trump won a slight majority in the metro area. 

Yes, Trump handily won in states with relatively high rural populations including Kentucky, and West Virginia. But he also won majorities in states where fewer than 3 out of ten people were rural, including Arizona, Texas, Florida, Utah, and South Carolina. 
Now, it's important to keep in mind that just because someone lives in a metropolitan area, that doesn't mean the person lives in a core city.

Urban dwellers only make up part of the metropolitan population. The rest of the metropolitan population is made up of people living in suburbs, or the so-called exurbs out on the fringes of the metro areas. But even those exurban residents often tend to commute closer into the urban core to make a living, to recreate, and to engage in commerce. They've very much a part of the metropolitan population. 

Those metropolitan areas that voted in the majority for Donald Trump during the 2016 election were often very suburban in nature. But their populations obviously weren't rural. Nationwide, Trump won the suburban vote while losing the urban vote handily. The BBC reports: "Mr Trump won the rural vote by 62% to 34% and the suburban vote by 50% to 45%, while Mrs Clinton won the urban vote by 59% to 35%." 

Yes, the differences in voting patters between rural and core-city residents is stark. However, given the relative insignificance of the rural poulation within many states, the political and cultural divide may be better explained by looking to the metro areas themselves. The conflict resides just as much within metro areas where core urban areas tend to vote one way, and suburban areas tend to vote another. 

For an illustration of this, we need look no further than two major ballot issues that took place in California over the past 25 years. 

The first was the statewide vote on the infamous Proposition 187 in 1994. This was a ballot measure that would have mandated that public welfare institutions, including public schools, deny taxpayer funded services to illegal immigrants. The ballot measure won easily, garnering 58 percent of the vote. Our modern narrative would have us believe that metro areas voted against the measure while the country folk in the rural areas voted for it. This however, is not what happened. If we look at a map of the voting results, we find that a majority of the voters in all all metropolitan counties in southern California voted to approve the measure: Although the vote took place more than 20 years ago, we can hardly say that a large rural population in 1990s California was skewing California to the "yes" side on this issue. California was already a thoroughly metropolitan state by the 1990s, and the overwhelming majority or residents lived in the metropolitan areas of California. 

The metropolitan population in the United States continues to grow, but only some of that growth is going to core cities. 

Hipsters and leftist pundits like to predict a future when everyone will live in shimmering skyscrapers and take light rail to work. But so far, no data suggests this future will be arriving any time soon. Pro-suburb researcher Joel Kotkin often says as much, and last year Kotkin and Wendell Cox wrote: The suburbs, intoned The Atlantic a few years back, were where “the American dream goes to die.”

In reality, the census estimates released this month reveal a very different story, both here in Southern California and nationwide. Rather than becoming more urban, the country continues to become more suburban, with less-dense areas and regions gaining more population than their inner-city cousins.

Indeed, rather than exiting to the city, people are actually doing the exact opposite: heading to both the suburbs and the sprawling cities of the Sun Belt. Overall, suburban populations are growing faster in all but a handful of metropolitan areas. The perceived “historic shift” toward the urban core — based, in part, on two years of slightly higher core growth in the wake of the housing bust — has now reverted to its traditional path of dispersion.

The new numbers tell us something that was already evident to anyone who bothered to follow the recent U.S. Census Bureau reports, which once again follow well-established pathways. Since 2012, suburban and exurban counties have again grown faster than the urban ones; and this does not even account for the fact that suburbs and exurbs already constitute a much larger part of the U.S. population — seven times the population of urban cores in metropolitan areas over 1,000,000 population.

This isn't to say that no one's moving to the core urban areas. There are still plenty of people doing that. But, it would be a grave mistake to assume that, as rural areas continue to disappear, urban core dwellers are all that are left in their wake. 

Tying one's political and ideological fortunes to the rural population is clearly a grave error. With an aging population — barring some major changes in technology and logistics — the countryside will continue to empty over the next 20 years. (As the Spanish experience shows, this isn't just an American phenomenon either.) 

Suburban metropolitan populations, on the other hand, are likely to continue to grow for any number of reasons. This does suggest, however, continued conflict over state- and federal-level government spending, urban planning, and a host of other issues where urbanites and suburbanites attempt to use state and federal government institution to assert themselves over the other side. 



Maybe we could have afforded it if we were not already $20,000,000,000,000 in debt! or is it $20,000,000,000,000,000?
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