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Not So Stimulative


David Hogberg has a piece today in IBD on how stimulus funds are going to very small airports that serve very few passengers and do not serve any critical infrastructure role. It goes far beyond any one airport, but it should come as no surprise that this one is mentioned:

If pigs could fly, they would probably take off and land at John Murtha-Johnstown Cambria County Airport in Pennsylvania.

Two hours east of Pittsburgh, it averages just 20 passengers a day. But its namesake, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., a powerful and controversial member of the House Appropriations Committee, has steered some $150 million to the airport over the years. That includes $30 million for never-used capability to handle huge military aircraft and store gear for rapid deployment.

The airport also received $800,000 in stimulus funds.